Talk:Physics and Astronomy Labs

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In High Schools most teachers have their own classrooms. But if space is scarce, some teachers "float" through three or more classrooms, visiting each one while the host teacher does prep. In universities, most professors "float".

Why it is possible for Lake Campus Physics labs to "float"? Because these labs are not conducted in a conventional fashion.

  • My teaching philosophy is that physics labs should model creativity, mathematical problem solving more than laboratory techniques.
  • I am especially interested in labs that can be duplicated in high schools with low science budgets and limited equipment.
  • I like to set up on experiment and study it with all my classes. A good example follows. It is relevant to Astronomy because Galileo did similar experiment with ball rolling down a ramp. He used bells to inform the "listener" of the time it took for the ball reach a certain point. In this lab, we used beads attached to a string. This is an old and well-known classroom demonstration. But we introduced the innovation of attempting to capture it on a Apple i-phone and using the data to measure the gravitational acceleration (i.e., to verify that g=9.8m/s/s).

The following Wikiversity pages were started as a result of this effort. All the pages are as yet unfinished, and it is hoped that future efforts to refine this experiment will lead to better resource pages on Wikiversity:

Other labs requiring simple equipment that could be transported on carts between lecture classrooms can be found at these two links:

Not every lab I do could "float" among the Lake Campus classrooms. For example, this lab requires a lab table. Fortunately, I have plenty of labs available that can float.

If you are interested in these labs, leave a message on my talk page. --Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 19:56, 24 July 2015 (UTC)