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Archives for June, 2009

Ok, this is a post about a particular curriculum, in particular Physics for Everyday Thinking. Let me start with a story. Some time ago, our college of education was going through an NCATE accreditation review. For some reason, they needed a science course that was just for education majors. As it so happens, we (the…

Our German friends let us borrow their son’s bike after he got too big for it. I guess it will still be called a “bike” because it has two wheels. See. No pedals. We don’t need no stinkin pedals. Really, this is a great way for kids to learn how to ride. They just start…

Jennifer over at Cocktail Party Physics has a nice post about her trip to Disneyland. The one ride that would be fun to play with (in terms of physics) would be the tower of terror. Think of the cool things you could do with a video camera during that ride. It would be like a…

So, analysis of the movie Up is pretty popular in the blogosphere. Figure I might as well surf the popularity wave. So, I have a couple more questions. The most important thing to estimate is the mass of the house. I am going to completely ignore the buoyancy of the house. I figure this will…

Awesome merry-go-round

Have you seen a cooler merrry-go-round than this? Wow. A two-level huge merry-go-round with climbing ropes and everything. I didn’t think you could have something like this in today’s era of lawsuits. Man, the kids love this thing.

This Week in Tech on Education

In this WEEK in TECH episode 197 there was a pretty good discussion about education and the university system. In case you are not familiar with TWiT, it is a tech-based podcast with Leo Laporte (from the old Screen Savers show). If you want to listen to their discussion, it starts about half-way through the…

I haven’t seen the Pixar Movie “Up” yet, so don’t spoil it for me. I have, however, seen the trailer. In my usual fashion, I have to find something to complain about. There is this scene where the old man releases balloons out of the house. What is wrong with this scene? Also, would that…

So, there is this Science Blogging Award from 3 QuarksDaily. Of course I nominated one of my own post – The Physics of Fantastic Contraption. The first stage of the competition lets readers vote for their favorite blog post. This seems sort of like a popularity contest. Then the top votes will be judged and…

Notice how much I like the word “stuff”. It really is a very useful word. I wonder if I did a wordle for this whole blog, would “stuff” be the biggest? Anyway, I have been thinking about this popular Chronicle of Higher Education article Will Higher Education be the Next Bubble to Burst?. The basic…