No, this August, Mars will not appear as big as the full moon in Earth's sky... Part 2!

In my last post, I shared a bit of my history with the "Mars Spectacular," and I encourage you to take a look at that if you have not already.

But, alas, I can't just stop at refuting this claim by demonstrating that it's been made before. No, I have to refute it with math!

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The Problem with Payloads

In a recent post, I calculated the \(\Delta v\) of an unladen Saturn V rocket and concluded that the maximum speed of such a vehicle, when launching from Earth, is over \(36,000\,\mathrm{mph}\). As I explained then, that is fast, but not fast enough for our purpose! Furthermore, as is typically the case, we want to use our rocket to carry something into space, and the addition of a payload will slow us down even more!

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One More Note on Quantum Teleportation

Yesterday, I posted a detailed explanation of the technique of quantum teleportation and hopefully demonstrated that the process is not as complicated as one might expect! And also that it is not going to lead to Star Trek transporters anytime soon. No, unfortunately, we will have to settle for a mere quantum Internet instead.

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Getting Even More Entangled with Wave Functions

In my previous post, I used my latest invention, quantum playing cards, to give specific examples of entangled and non-entangled quantum systems. I recommend reading that article if you have not already done so, or reread it if it has been a while, for today I am going to expand upon that example and use it to introduce a bit of mathematical formalism, which is necessary for our ultimate goal of understanding quantum teleportation.

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Would You Like to Play a Game?

Not too long ago, I introduced the ideas of entanglement and wave functions with the ultimate goal of explaining quantum teleportation. I also wrote about how I have been too busy to post recently, and how I am therefore anxiously yearning to return to this topic. Since that post, I have been writing as much as I can and feverishly subjecting myself to a crash-course in JavaScript to come up with examples that I think nicely illustrate the basics of quantum entanglement. Hopefully, you will agree and by the end of this post poses the fundamental knowledge necessary to understand this phenomenon.

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