Matter & Interactions II, Week 3

This was the first full week of classes and I feel as though we’re dreadfully behind where we need to be. This week was about chapter 14, electric fields and matter. I love this chapter becuase it’s mostly experimental. The experiments use plastic tape (aka sticky tape or Scotch tape). I try to let students […]

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Matter & Interactions II, Week 2

This week was yet another partial week. Between weather and holidays, we’ve not yet had a full week of classes. Such is life I guess. This week, we looked at┬áthe electric field of a static particle and the electric field of a fixed dipole on the dipole’s axis and on the perpendicular bisector of the […]

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Matter & Interactions II, Week 1

This week was supposed to begin on Monday, but we lost both Monday and Tuesday to snow and icy roads so this week was effectively just a two day week. On Wednesday, I demonstrated Jupyter notebooks and informed the class that effective this semester, we’re moving away from Classic VPython. From this point on, we […]

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Matter & Interactions I, Week 15

This week was a very short week, only two days, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Furthermore, my instituion uses “flip days” and that took away one of the two days for my physics class. By the way, a “flip day” is a day on which the class schedule runs on another calendar day. In this […]

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Matter & Interactions I, Week 13

As usual, I’m posting this the Monday after the week named in the title. This week was all about chapter 6: energy and the energy principle. This is where Matter & Interactions really shines among introductory textbooks. I remember as a student being so confused by sign conventions that I honestly never knew when to […]

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