Monthly Archives: October 2012

Day 54: The black hole a the center of our galaxy

We took 3 students to see a lecture titled “The Black Hole at the Center of our Milky Way Galaxy” last night. The lecture was great—just at the right level to stimulate lots of interest and questions from students.

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Day 48: A rest in the woods

Today was a nice day for a walk in the woods.

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Day 46: Rhett’s Lecture

This evening Rhett gave a lecture titled “Physics is Everywhere” to about 50 of our students. The lecture was completely optional and on a Friday evening, and I was really impressed with the turnout. Rhett’s lecture was awesome—I feel like … Continue reading

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Day 45: Hanging with Rhett

The incredible Rhett Allain is visiting our department for the next few days. We’ve invited him to come and coach our physics teachers, and deliver a talk on some of the awesome things he does. Last night, we just had … Continue reading

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Day 42: Speeding up

One of the things I’m struggling with is the time it takes for my students to complete assessments. Slowly but surely we’re turning 20 minute assessments into 40 minute ordeals. I don’t want to be the teacher ripping papers from … Continue reading

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Day 41: Astrophysics research

After a great meeting with an astrophysics professor at a nearby university a few weeks back, I’ve assembled a group of students who are interested in getting involved with an original scientific research project. We had our first meeting on … Continue reading

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Day 40: LaTeXit

As bang for the buck apps go, LaTeXiT is really high on my list and not just because it’s free. If you invest a tiny amount of time learning LaTeX, you’ll quickly find you have the easiest to use and … Continue reading

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Day 38: Tennis ball sculptures

Today was an awesome day in Algebra II Honors. After building a model for a free falling object by studying a falling basketball, students worked out how to arrange tennis balls on a fishing line so that they would appear … Continue reading

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Day 37: Mass Spectrometer

Today, one I had to cover for a chemistry colleague, and got to talk about a mass spectroscopy lab the students had been working on. In particular, they had been working with a mass spec analogue, where they roll ball … Continue reading

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Day 36: Quick Mac Tips

Yesterday I sat down with our our academic tech coordinator and we discussed way in which we might be able to help our faculty find ways on increasing their understanding of technology. So we talked about the idea of putting … Continue reading

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