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APlusPhysics: Regents Physics Essentials review book Now Available!

[ATTACH=CONFIG]125[/ATTACH]The first APlusPhysics course guide book, APlusPhysics: Your Guide to Regents Physics Essentials, by Dan Fullerton (aka FizziksGuy) is now available for direct order, and will be available in early May from major book retailers such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. From the book's description: APlusPhysics: Your Guide to Regents Physics Essentials by Dan Fullerton is a clear and concise roadmap to the entire New York State Regents Physics curriculum, prepari

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FizziksGuy

APlusPhysics Regents Course Tutorials Completed!

Whew! It’s been a long and challenging project, but I am thrilled to announce that the APlusPhysics.com Regents Physics course tutorial has been completed (well, at least the first revision). I’ve been done with the tutorial less than 20 minutes, and already I’m making notes on additions, modifications, and enhancements, but I think it’s worth taking a moment to step back and look at everything that’s been accomplished. [ATTACH=CONFIG]96[/ATTACH] A year ago I had never created a web pag

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FizziksGuy

Vacuum may have friction after all!

From New Scientist Magazine A BALL spinning in a vacuum should never slow down, since no outside forces are acting on it. At least that's what Newton would have said. But what if the vacuum itself creates a type of friction that puts the brakes on spinning objects? The effect, which might soon be detectable, could act on interstellar dust grains. In quantum mechanics, the uncertainty principle says we can never be sure that an apparent vacuum is truly empty. Instead, space is fizzing wit

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FizziksGuy

Which Scientist Are You?

http://science.discovery.com/brink/quiz/what-scientist-quiz.html You Are Edison... Brilliant, methodical, patient. Edisons believe in using teamwork to solve problems. They see the value in testing 800 compounds before finding the right one. It may not be as sexy as getting it right on the first try, but without thinkers like you, we'd all be in the dark. What does the quiz say about you?

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FizziksGuy

Light can control electrical properties of graphene

[ATTACH=CONFIG]79[/ATTACH] Light can control electrical properties of graphene ScienceDaily (2011-01-13) -- New research shows how light can be used to control the electrical properties of graphene, paving the way for graphene-based optoelectronic devices and highly sensitive sensors. ... > read full article

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FizziksGuy

Rotational Motion Challenge: Win a $20 Starbucks Gift Card!

[ATTACH=CONFIG]68[/ATTACH] A colleague and friend of mine has offered a $20 Starbucks gift card to the student who can provide the simplest, clearest explanation of why the angular velocity and angular acceleration vectors point in the directions they do... check out the details and submit your entries in our Forums section! http://bit.ly/guQV0L

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FizziksGuy

Unrolling Toilet Paper

In his Dec. 17 Action-Reaction blog post titled "Falling Rolls," one of my heroes of physics instruction, Frank Noschese, details an exercise from Robert Ehrlich's book Why Toast Lands Jelly-Side Down. The exercise, a rotational motion problem that challenges students to find the ratio of heights at which you can drop two identical toilet paper rolls, one dropped regularly, the other dropped by holding onto the end of the paper and letting it unroll, such that the two rolls hit the ground at

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FizziksGuy

Physics in a Winter Wonderland

Over the river and through the words, to grandmother's house we go... the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifting snow - oh! [ATTACH=CONFIG]67[/ATTACH] As part of our family's holiday season festivities, we went on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods in northwest Pennsylvania. It was a terrific time, with low winds, just a very light dusting of now coming down, and 28 degree temperatures. As Miss Micro-APlusPhysics (aged 16 months) drove the

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FizziksGuy

Want to Publicize Your Blog? List it on Edublogs!

If you're interested in publicizing your blogs outside just the APlusPhysics community, and perhaps put yourself up for a Blog of the Year award in 2011, consider listing your blog at Edublogs. You can click here to submit your blog for inclusion in their directory of educational blogs. You can find your RSS feed by clicking on the small orange RSS button on the top right of your blog!

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FizziksGuy

Where is this site headed, and why?

A colleague and respected writer from the physics blogosphere asked me this morning if I could explain what APlusPhysics is all about, and why it's worth the effort. Wanting to build up the APlusPhysics community, of course I jumped on the opportunity to distribute information about the project, especially to someone who has a significant following on her blog -- we can use all the targeted advertising we can get! I had many convoluted answers to the request, but realized I hadn't truly put t

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FizziksGuy

Is the gravitational constant really a constant?

Scientists have been measuring the universal gravitational constant, G, for hundreds of years. But, how accurate are they in their measurements? Is G truly a constant? It’s a question physicists and astronomers continue to debate. Due to variations in experimentally obtained values for G, a number of postulates have been proposed which note that G may vary with time, and could be dependent on orientation, surrounding masses, even the curvature of space time! Complicating m

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FizziksGuy

APlusPhysics & Facebook Integration

APlusPhysics Blogs and Forums have now been integrated with Facebook! Not only can you link your accounts, but you can simultaneously post any forum messages, blog entries, and comments to your Facebook wall by checking the "Publish to Facebook" checkbox at the bottom of your entry. Further, you also have the ability to "Like" blogs and forum posts... I'm interested to see if this encourages discourse and engagement by integrating a student favorite social networking site with classroom content

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FizziksGuy

Whiteboards and Modeling

Recently Frank Noschese, a NY physics teacher (Cornell) with a strong background in modeling and standards-based grading and author of the popular blog "Action-Reaction," was nominated for "Most Influential Blog Post" in the 2010 Edublog awards. The post, "The $2 Interactive Whiteboard," is a great resource for teachers looking to get into modeling and white boarding cheaply and easily. Help him win the award and, more importantly, spread the message about modeling in physics education by votin

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FizziksGuy

Collaboration

I had the opportunity to meet with a colleague, teacher, friend and peer on Wednesday, and I'm thrilled with how our breakfast (and work meeting) progressed. Having known each other professionally for close to 10 years now, from a time back before either of us entered education, it was a tremendous experience to sit down and talk about what's working in our classrooms, what we envision for the future, and start putting plans together to achieve that vision. Following breakfast, we settled do

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FizziksGuy

Graphing Motion Page First Draft Complete

Had a busy weekend with lots of small successes on the APlusPhysics front... First off, finished up the first draft of the Regents --> Graphing Motion page (http://www.aplusphysics.com/courses/regents/kinematics/reg_graphmotion.html) with a couple more sample problems and an interactive Flash mini program demonstrating the relationship between d-t, v-t, and a-t graphs (thanks to Tom Schulte for the great graphics!!!). Also, spent some time on the phone with a physics teacher in Illinois wo

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FizziksGuy

APlusPhysics Enhancements

Didn't get nearly the progress made this weekend that I had hoped, as I'm definitely bogging down in the Regents Kinematics Content section of the website... taking some time to organize how best to deliver the material over an online medium. What seems so straightforward to teach in person, where you can fairly easily "hop around" to various topics to pull it all together, can get quite dicey when putting it in writing. :banghead) I also want to make sure I include plenty of sample problems, as

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FizziksGuy

Want to Clean up at Poker? Study Physics!

[ATTACH=CONFIG]45[/ATTACH]From NPR: Link Here A few years ago, physicist Jeff Harvey invited Eduard Antonyan to a game of poker at a friend's house. Antonyan was a graduate student of Harvey's at the time, in the physics department at the University of Chicago. "I invited Eduard to play because we're always looking for new victims," Harvey tells NPR's Guy Raz. "But it didn't exactly work out that well." It turned out Antonyan was pretty good. "He took my money," Harvey says. "We didn't

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FizziksGuy

Uploading Image Files Into your Blogs and Posts

Hi Folks, If you don't get an option to upload an image file from your computer when you attempt to insert an image into your posts, you can enable this in the following way: Go to Settings > General Settings and set Message Editor Interface to "Show Enhanced (WYSIWYG) Editor." Next time you attempt to upload an image by clicking on the "Insert Image" button ([ATTACH=CONFIG]41[/ATTACH]), you should be given the option of uploading a file directly!

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FizziksGuy

First Page Complete!

After several weeks of design as well as months of self-training courses, I have the first pass at an entire page for the content section complete! It took some work in Flash Catalyst, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and MathType to put it all together, but I think it's looking swell for attempt #1. Check it out: http://www.aplusphysics.com/courses/regents/mathreview/reg_mathreview.html. :wave)

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FizziksGuy

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