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A Fullerene Molecule with 320 Carbon Atoms

I created this image using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator, which is available here.

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Beautiful, Clean . . . Coal?!?

Type “beautiful clean” into Google, and it suggests these endings to the phrase: There is no such thing as “beautiful clean coal” — coal is actually, of all energy sources, the most harmful to the environment, as scientists have shown … Continue reading

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An Eighty-Atom Fullerene Molecule

The fullerene molecule that gets the most attention is C60, so I’m giving C80 a little bit of the spotlight, for balance. I made this using polyhedral modeling software called Stella 4d; you can try it for yourself at this website.

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A “Thumbs Up” for Google Classroom

This is my 22nd year of teaching, but my first year using Google Classroom. We’re finding it to be a useful tool. This, for example, is the diagram for the Atwood’s machine lab we are doing in Pre-AP Physical Science, … Continue reading

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One Possible Definition of Physics

With my metaphorical “mathematics of sets” hat on, this is what physics looks like, to me. The further you go in the field, the more challenging the mathematics gets; also, the better (and more expensive) the toys become.

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We’re Going Back to School Tomorrow, and I’m the Teacher.

This is my 22nd year teaching. This year, I teach in only one department. This is nice; I’ve spent much of my career in multiple departments, simply because I am certified in multiple subject areas. This year, in my building, … Continue reading

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For Science Teachers: A Safer Alternative to Liquid Mercury

Liquid mercury, in schools, poses three major problems: It is extremely toxic, It has a high vapor pressure, so you can be poisoned by invisible mercury vapor leaving any exposed surface of liquid mercury, and Playing with liquid mercury is … Continue reading

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