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November 10, 2011

This is where most of the action of the class is!

 

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS




*** NOTICE THE REORGANIZATION AND CLARIFICATION OF GROUP ZERO
           October 20, 2011

***   DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ONE OF YOUR SUBMISSIONS?

Send me a reply to your submission or to my reply. 

This is the only way I can easily see what is going on!



***     BEFORE STARTING: _____Study "Bits About Science"

***     FOR MOST OF THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS:

     If I'm not satisfied with your answer I'll suggest what to change to make the answer satisfactory. _
     You can fix it for free!!

***     QUOTES: 

  •      Don't forget to give the reference, URL if obtained on-line. 
  •      No reference-No credit.


***       RESUBMIT INSTRUCTIONS:

  •      Use "REPLY" to my e-mail ___
  •      Turn in everything in one piece ___
  •       Indicate what is new (use CAPITOLS perhaps).


 ***     ABOUT WHEN POINTS ARE POSTED:

     "Wait 48 hours, then PANIC!" ___Posting is not automatic, give me a little time to post your points.

.***     The "SUBJECT" box:

     You MUST describe your particular entry in the "Subject" box, generic descriptions like "Physics" will not be accepted. Something like "The Physics of paper airplanes" will be much more useful.

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GROUP 0: By and for students!

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Select Group 0 part 1: Student Questions and Student Answers to Student Question Relating to THIS Class ___ 10

Group 0 part 1: Student Questions and Student Answers to Student Question Relating to THIS Class ___ 10

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Group Zero part 1: Student Questions and Student Answers to Student Question Relating to this Class  

10 points for questions and answers that are useful for THIS class.

The questions can be about working with Blackboard, about how the rules for the class work, or about the material relating to tests/quizzes.

If you research for an answer give the reference!

First come first served for credit. If no student answers soon I'll try to answer.

You can have several submissions but no more than 20 points total per Section

Early Bird:  Generally Group Zero will not count for Early Bird Points.  Only very useful questions or answers will count.

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Select Group 0 part 2: Interesting Questions Not Relating to This Class

Group 0 part 2: Interesting Questions Not Relating to This Class

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 Group Zero part 2:  Interesting Questions NOT Relating Directly to Work in This Class       one point

These questions can be on any topic in Physics or Astronomy.

They can be on topics not covered in this class or topics too advanced for this class.

These questions/answers will generally not receive much credit.  But if they are explained well enough to be understood by our students and are on what I consider topics of interest to the class more credit will be given.

Explain why the question is of interest to you and give references to any sources.

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Select Group 0: Student Book Discussion

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Student Book Discussion

This is intended primarily for students to discuss books among themselves. However I may give credit for particularly useful comments.

:) Ken

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GROUP 1: My questions
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Select Group 1: Is Physics finished?

Group 1: Is Physics finished?

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IS PHYSICS FINISHED?                                     5-20 points

At the end of the eighteen hundreds some Physicists said that everything fundamental had been found, all that was left to do was to add more decimal places.

They were a little wrong: Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Nuclear Physics, The expanding universe, are a few of the things that had not been discovered yet.

Now, over a hundred years later, have we finally found everything significant?

From what we have covered in this class you probably can't tell whether there may be more to discover, you will have to do some research as to the present "state of the art"!

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Select Group 1. Has Physics helped other sciences?

Group 1. Has Physics helped other sciences?

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Has Physics helped other sciences?        10 points

Give specific answers, the more the better!

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Select Group 1. Use of your knowledge of Physics

Group 1. Use of your knowledge of Physics

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Have you used your knowledge of Physics (not everyday knowledge that everyone has but specialized facts you learned by studying Physics) for some everyday application?  Did it work?

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Select Group 1: If things can be proved in math why can't they be proved in Science?

Group 1: If things can be proved in math why can't they be proved in Science?

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If things can be proved in math why can't they be proved in Science?

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Select Group 1: Are there phenomenons for which Science has no tools?

Group 1: Are there phenomenons for which Science has no tools?

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Are there phenomenons for which Science has no tools?
Back up your opinion with facts!  References from  Bits About Science are always a good idea!!

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Select Group 1: Contrast how the principles of Science are used it the theories of Evolution and Intelligent Design

Group 1: Contrast how the principles of Science are used it the theories of Evolution and Intelligent Design

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Contrast how the principles of Science are used it the theories of Evolution and "Intelligent Design"

Be sure to use Science as described in Bits About Science.  The contrast is the important part!

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Select Group 2. Suggestions for the class ___ 15

Group 2. Suggestions for the class ___ 15

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Suggestions for the class ___                                           5- 15 points

Things the teacher or students could change or do to make the class better.

Please don't ask for answers to Test Bank questions or more time for the tests.

I want to encourage you to learn by researching the answers to the Test Bank questions before the test.

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Select Group 1: Is it possible to solve all problems by Science as defined here?

Group 1: Is it possible to solve all problems by Science as defined here?

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Is it possible to solve all problems by Science as defined here?

For credit you must carefully explain your answer, be sure to consider Science as discussed in Bits About Science.

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Select Group 1: If it may work but we don't have a "Scientific" explanation

Group 1: If it may work but we don't have a "Scientific" explanation

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 If it may work but we don't have a "Scientific" explanation

Where do phenomena that probably work/exist but have either no explanation or an explanation that is wildly non-scientific fit into the scientist's world view? Two extreme examples would be Dark Energy, and Acupuncture. Your answer should consider what is required of a Science!

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Select Group 1: Is thinking like a scientist innate? 20 points

Group 1: Is thinking like a scientist innate? 20 points

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Is thinking like a scientist innate? 20 points


Scientific thinking seems logical, it seems that everyone does it! What is the difference between what everyone does at times and what is necessary to be doing SCIENCE?

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Select Group 1: Does Science in the name make sense? up to 25 points

Group 1: Does Science in the name make sense? up to 25 points

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Does Science in the name make sense?  up to 25 points

"SCIENCE" is used in the name or description of many human activities. FOR EXAMPLE boxing is called "The Sweet Science", one might speak of the "Science of Love", etc. DISCUSS several examples and compare reality with the requirements for a Science as described in the essay here. VARIABLE POINTS depending on the number and quality of examples and discussion.

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Select Group 1: Einstein and Character 10-20 points

Group 1: Einstein and Character 10-20 points

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Einstein and Character                                      10-20 points

Einstein said "Most people say that it is the intellect that makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character." _______

What traits of character would seem to be necessary to do good science? Why are these character traits necessary in addition to intellect? ______

MATCH THE CHARACTER TRAITS WITH THE DEFINITION OF SCIENCE. Character traits in general won't count, no matter how nice! _______

More Credit: Would these same character traits be necessary to succeed in your planned career?

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Select Group 1. Why was SCIENCE only invented once? ___ 30 points

Group 1. Why was SCIENCE only invented once? ___ 30 points

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Why was SCIENCE only invented once? ___                                                  30 points

PLEASE study what I give you about SCIENCE before answering this. See Course Content, Bits about SCIENCE

The idea is that most inventions (agriculture, metal working, boats, religion, writing, etc.) are invented several times independently by different societies that do not know what has been invented in other parts of the world. The details may be different but the basic ideas are the same.

But SCIENCE was only invented once, by one society. Many cultures invented math or engineering but only one culture invented SCIENCE.

In everyday use "science" is often used as meaning the same as "technology". This is not the way scientists use the terms or the way it is used here.

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Select Group 1. What is Physics? Not easy, study first. ___ 20

Group 1. What is Physics? Not easy, study first. ___ 20

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What is Physics? . ___                                                20 points

 Not easy, study first!

This is not about the topics that physics includes but about what is different about how Physicists attack problems as compared to Chemists, Biologists, Psychologists, and Politicians. What are the good and bad points of how a Physicist attacks a problem?

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Select Group 1. Why does China have a SCIENCE problem? ___ 20

Group 1. Why does China have a SCIENCE problem? ___ 20

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Why does China have a SCIENCE problem? ___                                         20 points

Before answering please consider carefully what I told you about SCIENCE and the characteristics of Chinese society and education.

I don't mean a problem with engineering or getting high class technicians but a problem doing Nobel Prize quality Physics. To date many people of Chinese ancestry have earned a Nobel Prize but not one of them did their work in China!!

This is not just my opinion but is considered a problem by Chinese authorities.

PLEASE study what I give you about SCIENCE before answering this. See Course Content,  Bits about SCIENCE

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Select Group 1. How do SCIENCE and engineering differ? ___ 20 points

Group 1. How do SCIENCE and engineering differ? ___ 20 points

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How do SCIENCE and engineering differ? ___                                            20 points

PLEASE study what I give you about SCIENCE before answering this. See  Course Content,"Bits about SCIENCE"

Answer mainly in your own words with only short quotes from other sources. 

Consider BOTH what each discipline wants to accomplish and how they go about accomplishing their ends.

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Select Group 1. Was SCIENCE "invented" or "discovered"? ___ 20 points

Group 1. Was SCIENCE "invented" or "discovered"? ___ 20 points

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Was SCIENCE "Invented" or "Discovered"?                                         ___ 20 points

Please start by defining what you mean by invention and discovery!

PLEASE study what I give you about SCIENCE before answering this. See  Course Content,  Bits about SCIENCE

The question is about the process of Science not the discoveries made with Science!

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Select Group 1. Does Harry Potter's magic seem a lot like SCIENCE? ___ 20 points

Group 1. Does Harry Potter's magic seem a lot like SCIENCE? ___ 20 points

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 Does Harry Potter's magic seem a lot like SCIENCE?                            ___ 20 points

PLEASE study what I give you about SCIENCE before answering this. You must contrast examples from the books or movies with the requirements of SCIENCE!

Remember that in science a "theory" is not just a guess "Perhaps if I say asdfalkhi the snake will turn into a potato." but a system of assumptions and the predictions that follow from these assumptions. Euclidean Geometry was the first example of this sort of "theory".

See , Course Content, , Bits about SCIENCE

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Select Group 1. Intelligent Design as a SCIENCE ___ 20 points

Group 1. Intelligent Design as a SCIENCE ___ 20 points

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Intelligent Design as a SCIENCE ___                                             20 points

What vital properties does ID lack to be considered a SCIENCE?

PLEASE study what I give you about SCIENCE before answering this. See Course Content, Bits about SCIENCE

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Select Group 1. Does your career use SCIENCE as defined here? ___ 20

Group 1. Does your career use SCIENCE as defined here? ___ 20

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Does your career use SCIENCE as defined here? ___                                  20 points

PLEASE study what I give you about SCIENCE before answering this. See  Course Content, Bits about SCIENCE

Remember that in science a "theory" is not just a guess "If I say asdfa the snake will turn into a potato." but a system of assumptions and the predictions that follow from these assumptions. Euclidean Geometry was the first example of this sort of "theory".

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Select Group 1. Does your career depend on discoveries from SCIENCE as defined here? ___ 20

Group 1. Does your career depend on discoveries from SCIENCE as defined here? ___ 20

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Does your career depend on discoveries from SCIENCE as defined here?   ___                                20 points

PLEASE study what I give you about SCIENCE before answering this. See  Course Content, , Bits about SCIENCE

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Select Group 1. Suggestion for Questions on the next Quiz or new Activities, interesting only!! ___ 10

Group 1. Suggestion for Questions on the next Quiz or new Activities, interesting only!! ___ 10

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Suggestion for Questions on the next Quiz or new Activities,                                        10 points

Interesting only!! _

Questions for the tests must have five "answers" supplied too!

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Select Group 1. Why I would (or would not) like to be a scientist if I had the talent. ___ 10

Group 1. Why I would (or would not) like to be a scientist if I had the talent. ___ 10

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Why I would (or would not) like to be a scientist if I had the talent. ___                                         10 points

Please include what scientists do on a day to day basis, and a year to year basis.

Would you enjoy this?

Be sure to consider what you learned about scientists in the Feynman and Watson books.

Don't just discuss the virtues or drawbacks of the discoveries of scientists.

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Select Group 1. My favorite or worst part of the class, credit only if posted during the last week of class __ 10

Group 1. My favorite or worst part of the class, credit only if posted during the last week of class __ 10

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My favorite or worst part of the class                                                10 points

credit only if posted during the last week of class

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Select Group 1. What I learned in this class, and how I learned it. Credit only if I find it interesting and it is posted during the last week of class __ 10

Group 1. What I learned in this class, and how I learned it. Credit only if I find it interesting and it is posted during the last week of class __ 10

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What I learned in this class, and how I learned it.                                      10 points

Credit only if I find it interesting and it is posted during the last week of class

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GROUP 2: Help for the class
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Select Group 2: Psuedoscience Detection 10-20 points

Group 2: Psuedoscience Detection 10-20 points

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Pseudoscience Detection                                                          10-20 points

Report on pseudoscience in ads, TV, print, anywhere.

Describe how the pseudoscience fails to meet the requirements of Science.

Useful reports may not be strictly "Science" with Scientific Theories but must at least have reasonable verification (preferably by several different groups) and warnings as to possible limits of validity.

The items must have been published within the last month

Give good references.

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Select Group 2: Student lecture 10-40 points

Group 2: Student lecture 10-40 points

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Student lecture                                                   10-40 points

You give a lecture on some topic from the class.

You chose how to do it: chalkboard, graphics, movie, . . .

The grade depends on the quality of the Physics and the quality of the Presentation

If you feel you can do better as a group I'll divide the points any way you want. No more points for a group but perhaps you can do a better job and earn more points.

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Select GROUP 2: Feynman interview compared to "Surely Your Joking" 5-20 points

GROUP 2: Feynman interview compared to "Surely Your Joking" 5-20 points

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Feynman interview compared to "Surely Your Joking"                                               5-20 points

Watch "The pleasure of finding things out", an interview with Richard Feynman" http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7136440703094429927

It is best to view this AFTER the book test on Feynman. Examples from the video that are not in the book will not count. I really want you to read the book!

Tell us what you found out about Feynman that you did not learn in "Surely your Joking" I

In particular describe things that changed your understanding of Feynman. Variable credit depending on how soon you answer and how insightful you are.

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Select Group 2: Helpful or beautiful items for the class on the web, e.g. YouTube 5-20 points

Group 2: Helpful or beautiful items for the class on the web, e.g. YouTube 5-20 points

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Helpful or beautiful items for the class on the web, e.g. YouTube                                 5-20 points

  1. Tell, in your own words, what Physics is being demonstrated.
  2. Describe the content and level in your own words.
  3. Tell about the best parts, and any problems.
  4. Give the URL, and length Give the source, author, user ratings!


EXAMPLE: Subject: The Infamous Double Slit Experiment Topic: Group 2: Helpful or beautiful items for the class on YouTube 20 points Author: Ryan YeeView PeopleLink Options for this User Date: January 22, 2010 11:55 PM The video describes the basics of quantum physics and how the double slit experiment works. I would say the level is for beginners because I have never learned anything about quantum physics, but it made me (somewhat) understand the process of the experiment. The video is also a cartoon, therefore it is probably meant for children. I believe the best part was the overall conclusion. How was it that it created an interference pattern, and why did an electron only create an interference pattern when it wasn't observed? The video doesn't really answer these questions (though do we really know the answer?). Author: themapplz Rating: 5 Stars (out of 2,067 ratings) No Source is Given. Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEzRdZGYNvA Length: 5:10

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Select Group 2: Suggested good Physics or Astronomy Books, 10 points

Group 2: Suggested good Physics or Astronomy Books, 10 points

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Suggested good Physics or Astronomy Books,                                              10 points

Suggest books that you have read that are fun, and/or useful.

Give a short description in your own words. Tell what you found interesting, what you understood, what you could not understand.

What is a good audience for this book?

Give name, author, and ISBN if possible :)

EXAMPLE: Author: Xiaojun ZengView PeopleLink Options for this User Date: January 19, 2010 11:08 PM I have read a book about physics, called The First Three Minutes, not long time ago. I think it is very good for students who are interested in physics or major in it. Even though it was a little bit hard for me, but I gradually found fun part of it after I kept reading. It was not just a physics book, but also seemed like a story, a novel. This book tells a beautiful scientific story. Physicists understand many of the important processes that occurred early on in the universe's evolution, including how radiation cooled from the time of the hot Big Bang and left the imprint on the sky we see today and how nuclei were created from more fundamental elements once they cooled enough to bind together. Weinberg explains this and much more in this wonderfully written book in which the physics speaks for itself without superfluous distractions. There have been substantial advances in cosmology since it was first published in 1977, but the key elements of Weinberg's story remain untouched. # ISBN-10: 0465024378 # ISBN-13: 978-0465024377 Author: Steven Weinberg Reply Forward Lock Message

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Select Group 2: Everyday observations of Physics __________ 10

Group 2: Everyday observations of Physics __________ 10

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Everyday observations of Physics   __                                10-20 points

Describe an observation you made yourself of Physics at work in everyday life.

Not hi-tech stuff but things that have occurred for centuries.

More credit for an interesting picture illustrating the effect.

EXAMPLE: Subject: Pushing boxes Author: Erica Liang Date: January 24, 2010 11:02 PM As I am moving my house recently, I noticed that while I was pushing boxes around, it is somewhat more difficult to get the boxes to start moving, however once it was moving it was easier to keep it moving. After research I discovered that this is because there are different forms of friction that prevents the box from moving. When the box is stationary, static friction is in work preventing movement. Once the box starts moving, kinetic friction starts to act on the box instead of static friction. Generally, static friction is higher than kinetic friction except in special cases, hence it is more difficult to get the box to start moving. I would need to exert a greater force to overcome the static friction while the box is stationary, but once it starts moving I only need to exert a smaller force enough to overcome the kinetic friction to keep it moving.

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Select Group 2. Find and explore URLs about Physics / Astronomy ___20

Group 2. Find and explore URLs about Physics / Astronomy ___20

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Find and explore URLs about Physics / Astronomy ___                                          15 points

This is first come first served. The first student to submit a site gets credit.

For credit tell about the site: what it contains, what the level is, how interesting it was to you.

For full credit explore several parts of the site and tell what worked, what failed, what you learned, what you could not understand, . . .

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Select Group 2. Coming Events - Finder's Fee ___ 5

Group 2. Coming Events - Finder's Fee ___ 5

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Coming Events - Finder's Fee ___                                           5 points

These should be events that members of the class could go to for credit in the class.

These should also be on a level that the students could understand!

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Select Group 2. Study Groups: names, e-mail, IM, . . . ___ 20

Group 2. Study Groups: names, e-mail, IM, . . . ___ 20

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Study Groups: names, e-mail, IM, . . . ___                                     20 points

Some credit for starting the organization.

Full credit when you can demonstrate that people actually participated.

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Select Group 2. Organize a Field Trip ___ 20

Group 2. Organize a Field Trip ___ 20

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Organize a Field Trip ___                                  20 points

Some credit for starting the organization.

Full credit when you can demonstrate that people actually participated.

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Select Group 2. Analysis of Hewitt web stuff ___ 20

Group 2. Analysis of Hewitt web stuff ___ 20

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Analysis of Hewitt web stuff ___                             20 points

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GROUP 3: Experiments and Demonstrations
Universal Instructions:

  • Don't forget references.
  • Start by describing the physics being demonstrated in your own words.

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Select Group 3. Home Experiment: Theory-Exp-Theory ___ 40

Group 3. Home Experiment: Theory-Exp-Theory ___ 40

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Home Experiment: Theory-Exp-Theory ___                                 40 points

The experiment can be fairly simple.

You should explain what theory you are testing or demonstrating.

You must actually experiment by changing the conditions and reporting (and commenting on) the results under different conditions.

For credit you must include pictures of yourself doing the experiment.

Try to reach some conclusion as to how well the results match theory.

Generally real experiments never work exactly as planned, life would not be worth living if nature never gave surprises.

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Select Group 3. Possible Experiments on the Web - URL credit ___ 10

Group 3. Possible Experiments on the Web - URL credit ___ 10

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 Possible Experiments on the Web -__                                         10 points

These must be experiments that most students could do safely at home with equipment that they can easily obtain. balloons not cyclotrons!

Start by describing the point of the experiment. Include instructions and explain the physics being demonstrated.

It may be necessary to include a picture or sketch.

Don't forget the reference.

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Select Group 3: Home Demonstration 20 points

Group 3: Home Demonstration 20 points

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Do a Home Demonstration                                     20 points

Try and report on a demonstration of some physics principle.

Start by explaining the point of the experiment, and each step.

Include pictures of you doing it.

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Select Group 3: Find home demonstration 10 points

Group 3: Find home demonstration 10 points

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Find home demonstration                              10 points

Start with an explanation in your own words of the physics being demonstrated.

Locate a practical, interesting demonstration of some physics principle.

You must include a clear explanation of how to do the demonstration and the physics that is being demonstrated.

 EXAMPLE: This experiment is about static electricity. MATERIALS: - Balloon or wool sweater - Plastic pen - Small scraps of paper (holes from a hole puncher work well) INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Rub your hair on a balloon or wool sweater. What happens to your hair? Try to stick the balloon to the wall. Does it stick? 2. Rub a plastic pen on the wool sweater and hold it near a stream of water. What do you observe? 3. Rub the pen on the sweater again and try to pick up small pieces of paper. The holes from a hole punch work well. SUMMARY: In all of these experiments, we are manually moving electrons from one material to another. Your hair stands up because it is full of electrons. The electrons don't like each other and are trying to get as far away from each other as possible. The balloom sticks to the wall because it creates an induced charge. The positive charge of the balloon attracts electrons from the wall and the balloon sticks! The same thing happens with the pen and the water and the pen and the paper. LINK: www.scifun.chem.wisc.edu

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GROUP 4: Presentations for the class
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Select Group 4. Home Page, Wiki, YouTube, MySpace, FaceBook ___ 25

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Home Page, Wiki, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook ___                        25 points

The equivalent of two pages on some topic that developed during the last six months. No history!

Text alone will not do!

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Select Group 4. Presentation ___ 40

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Presentation                                40 points

Something useful for the class.

Probably Power Point but use whatever you like!

Text alone will not do!

On a subject that has been found or changed lots doing the last six months. No history.

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GROUP 5: News in many forms
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Select Group 5. News: Magizine; your reaction puzzles, learned, . . . ___ 10

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News must be on Physics or Astronomy. ___

The level must be understandable (or almost understandable) to this class. ___

Must be dated the same day (or month for a magazine) you turn it in. If you find it on the web it counts as web news. ___

A few sentences IN YOUR OWN WORLDS summarizing the new results.

 Include the reference (URL) to the article. The user will look there for more detail. __

Have a few sentences about what you think of the new results.

I don't expect you to understand too much but give some personal reactions. ___

Your reaction must be about the specific article not about vague generalities!

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News: Newspaper
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Select Group 5. News: Web

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News: TV/Radio
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GROUP 6: Field trip
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Select Group 6. Report: Ausement Park ___ 40

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For all reports:

At least two pages.

Discuss, LOTS, the physics involved in what you did.

Prove you were there, pictures of you at the site help lots!

Report: Amusement Park
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Lecture                  20 points

Good reference, what, where, when, who

Proof you were there if, possible.   A picture of you in front of the screen is best!

A few sentences about what the lecturer, audience, and hall were like.

Most of the two pages on the content of the lecture.

At the end a few sentences on your reaction to the lecture.

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Select Group 6. Report: Museam, Observatory, etc. Visit

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Museum, Observatory, etc.

References: What, where, when,

At least two pages.

Proof you were there, pictures of you there are best.

Discuss the Physics and Astronomy of what you saw.

At the end few sentences of your reaction, what you learned, what worked or did not work.

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GROUP 7: Research and Analysis

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Select Group 7. Report: TV program or movie

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TV program or movie

The program or movie must be within the last six months.

Analyze as best you can analyze the science in the program or movie, is it possible?.

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Research Paper

This must be based on work done in the last six months.

At least two pages, give clear references.

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GROUP 8: Fun and games

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Select Group 8. Physics jokes, poems, songs, or other fun stuff: URL fun ___ 10

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Physics jokes, poems, songs, or other fun stuff:  _                                10 points

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You can double your score if you can explain what is going on or why it is funny in terms that everyday people can understand!

Jokes that are about word play rather than Physics will count a maximum of 5 points

Items too advanced for this class may not count, unless you can explain them clearly!

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Select Group 8. Physics Games and simulations on the Web ___ 15

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Physics Games and simulations on the Web  ___                                15 points

For credit you must explore the Game or Simulation and report what you tried, what worked, what failed, what you learned, etc.

 Also, you must explain what physics the game or simulation teaches.

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Select Group 8. Today in History - for Discussions ___ 5

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Today in History                             5 points

What occurred today in the history of Physics or Astronomy? 

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Select Group 8. "One Liners" about why Physics and Astronomy are worth doing ___ 10

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"One Liners" about why Physics and Astronomy are worth doing ___                      10 points

You can double your score if you can explain what is going on or why it is funny in terms that everyday people can understand!

EXAMPLEFaraday was the greatest experimenter in both physics and chemistry in the eighteen hundreds. Once a politician was visiting Faraday's deceptively simple looking lab and asked "This is all very amusing but what good is it?" Faraday replied "I don't know yet but someday you'll tax it." To a women with the same question Faraday replied "What good is a baby?"

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GROUP 9: Chat credit
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Suggestions about how to do this are very welcome!

These points are for contributing to Chat sessions using the Blackboard Chat Rooms.

"Contributing" means adding Physics to the discussion not just giving the answer to another student's questions.

It is generally necessary to agree with other students beforehand as to what time to "meet" and which room to "meet" in.

Let me know if you have had useful Chats.

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