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Where is the Maths Department?

I was having a discussion with my father about the budgetpocalypse for universities. I don’t know how it came up, but he asked: “What college is the department of Math in?” At Southeastern Louisiana University, the Department of Math is in the College of Science and Technology. Here is a paraphrase of our conversation. Me:…

Why would I think that?

So suppose you saw something that looked like this: This is a ball shot out of a shooter device. Well, it is a vypthon animation of a ball. What would you do if you came to see this video? If I had not made it, I would say it is an unrealistic video. It does…

Pumped up over triangles

I meant to mention this earlier since it happened a little while ago. There is this “mini-conference” with three schools: Southeastern Louisiana University, Southern Mississippi University, and the University of South Alabama. The purpose is to give students (and some faculty) a chance to present their work at a smaller conference. I really enjoy this,…

Bloggingheads Diavlog

The kind folks over at BloggingHeads TV were nice enough to offer me an opportunity to discuss some science stuff with Ed Grabianowski from io9.com. Here it is: In this discussion, we talk about: Learning physics and physics education research The value of science educators Good and not so good science on TV Journalism and…

Science Fair for Mere Mortals

After judging the science fair last week, I would like to revisit my tips for you the science fair participant. Warning number 1 Some of the things I say here might go against what your teacher has told you. I am not sure what you should do in this case. Your teacher gives you a…

RP 12: Some things about science

I have been meaning to write about this for quite some time. Really, I wanted to reply to Chad’s article on science at Uncertain Principles, but you know how things go. So, here are my key and interesting points about science in random order. Science is all about models (not ball bearings) Science is about…

A great example of a model

This picture has been all over the blogs. I don’t want to talk about this picture too much – that has been done (a good summary discussion can be found at Bad Astronomy). Apparently, this is some type of rocket mistake or something. Although the picture is cool, it is not as cool as this…

The third leg of science??

I am sad to say the following comes from a school that I attended. This was from an alumni newsletter regarding the activities of one of the physics faculty. “Since the time of Archimedes, sciences advanced along two avenues, through new experiments and through theory….” I have a problem with just that first part, but…

I have already talked about science and why everyone should take some science courses. The short answer (in case you don’t want to read the previous post) is that everyone should take science because science (along with art and other stuff) is what humans do. So, tomorrow I will be off to attend a workshop…

Science is not math

I probably should have included this idea on my “All about science” blog post. Maybe I didn’t put it in there because if I talk about what science is you can figure out what it is not. Science is not math Science is all about making models. It is true that many current models are…