About Me

picture of me sept 2014 My name is Franco Normani. I live in Ontario, Canada. I have a bachelor's degree (1999) and master's degree (2004) in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo. The reference information for my master's thesis is: "Normani F.V., Analytical modeling of tube bending with hydroforming, Master Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2004".

Outside of creating all the content on this website, I have also created hundreds of physics videos for Chegg – a large education technology company – in which I explain solutions to physics problems. Here is my profile page for Chegg.

I have always done a lot of physics, in school and on my own time. My most proficient subject in physics is Mechanics, and it is the main focus of this website. In fact, Mechanics is one of the main subject areas of mechanical engineering.

Physics, in general, has always been a passion of mine. I've always been fascinated by the fact that you can predict the movement of something when under the influence of something else; namely a force. It wasn't until my senior year of high school that I really started to get into it. To many people, physics is something that just gets harder the "higher up" you go. But to me it just got more interesting, and so it was something I was willing to put the time in to really understand. This trend continued throughout university, and even after graduation. I would always find myself going back to my physics textbooks just to brush up on a concept, or maybe just as a resource to help solve a physics problem I stumbled upon in my daily routine, and was curious to find the answer to.

My view has always been that physics is most difficult to people who don't really like physics. It's like anything, if you don't like it enough you won't have the motivation to get really good at it, and push through the learning curve. As a result, it will always be "too hard". For this reason, I think passion always precedes talent. You got to love it before you can get great at it.

It's not the other way around – you don't love it because you're good at it. You're good at it because you love it.

And so, I created this website because I wanted to convey the world of physics in an appreciable way, one in which you can see for yourself why physics is important. And I do this by showing how physics applies to real world problems, which is one of the best strategies for sparking interest.

Last but not least, none of this would have been possible without Solo Build It! The huge help they provide in creating an online business is the reason I have this very popular website. I did all the hard work in creating all the content, but they gave me a road map on how to go about doing it in a way that works harmoniously with search engines to get me lots of visitor traffic (thousands of visitors a day). The reason you found me is due to a combination of the quality of content on this website and the layout of it, how its structured, etc. You could have the best idea in the world, but if you don't convey it the right way it will fail, and physics is no different. This is not a product review website, but I'll make an exception for Solo Build It! I give them a full 5 stars for what they helped me accomplish! Read more about them here.

So outside of physics, what else am I interested in? Well, I really like Stirling engines. It is one of my life goals to build one! The work I've done on Stirling engines is cited in several places, such as:

"Design, build and testing of a concentrating solar dish system", Z. Feng, Murdoch University, Bachelor of Engineering thesis, 2017. See reference [44]. Link

"Effect of coupling parameters on the performance of Fluidized Bed Combustor - Stirling Engine for a microCHP System", S. Lombardi et al., Energy Procedia, Volume 75, 2015. See reference [11]. Link

I also like dogs a lot, and have written about them here and here.

Interested in contacting me? You can do so through my contact page.


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