Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gotta Love It

This is the first ever picture of Mercury taken from the first ever orbiting satellite [how cool is that?--we have a satellite around another planet] Messenger (NASA link).

A space program. Hmmm. Perhaps it's not worth our time...what could we possibly learn? What technologies could we possibly develop? Why bother?

Why bother? picture! The white structure is am impact crater named Debussy. It only got it's name last year. It's diameter is 53 miles. the lines emanating from it are matter ejected from the impact. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I had a pair of students decide to rise and accept the challenge of the extra credit. Great job girls. I think they found out it was harder than it looked. That, and they went for the funny factor.

So, grab a place to sit, find a drink, and a bag of popcorn. Enjoy.

Monday, March 21, 2011

More Earthquakes

Okay, so there always earthquakes. That makes them ubiquitous (look it up--I linked a definition). How they work is another story. This short video by Matt Kutcha does an excellent job of visualizing (though I think a plate of jello on top would show the shaking better).

Earthquake Machine Demo from Matt Kuchta on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A little video, eh?

Okay, so the new extra credit assignment has a due date of March 24th--midnight (cause it sounds cool). Four to a group [unless you an explain why you need more & they can be from one of the million students I have in any class]. I think we're looking at 30 points maximum. And that score depends on quality of the information presented (accuracy and thoroughness). It does need to be on chemical bonding (all three or even just one). Creatively speaking I'm not sure I care--I mean, I think it's okay to be straightforward & it's okay to be super silly if that floats your boat. 

I'm excited to see what we get. And yes, I'll post it on my blog if that's okay with you--your choice.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice.


I love quotes. All kinds. Plato. Frost. Hemingway. Truman. Captain Sparrow. the Borg. Even Einstein. The title to this post is a quote from him--Einstein. He wrote it actually--trying to describe that although quantum physics (how electrons, protons, and atoms work at their most basic level) was certainly hard to understand, God didn't leave it to chance, and that there must be some order to it all.

"Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it." There's another. I love it. And the author of it is a hint actually. Because this extra credit on the test (worth up to 20 points) is to find the reply to Einstein's quote [the one in the title], who said it, and what you think it means.Write it as the answer to the hidden question 11.

Ah. One more thing. The copiers in the school are...down. So, at this moment I can't print a test, so I can't give the test. The solution? Well, we'll have the test the very moment I can get it copied. So, if not on Monday, then count on Wednesday. What will we do instead? You'll get notes on chemical bonding. Remember we have visitors in the building on Monday, so, you'll want to be on your best behavior.

Also, DO NOT discuss this blog or extra credit with any of your classmates. If they don't look it up on their own, it's kind of their own fault.

There ya go.

Good luck. Hope you all have a great three day weekend.