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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in General Science | 1 comment

Playing a part in India’s drive for multimedia post-secondary education

I have been invited to India this July to give a series of 10 to 15 hours of lectures covering the basic properties of spin. The sponsor is NPTEL—the National Programme On Technology and Enhanced Learning. My course is to be at the upper undergraduate level and I will assume the recipients have had a basic course in quantum mechanics, know about the structure of matter and the importance of the Pauli Exclusion Principle.

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Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in General Science | 0 comments

E-Books for post-secondary education

I believe it is long overdue to do away with hard copy text books at the freshman level altogether, along with their high cost and adopt ebooks.

Think of the advantages: no paper, nothing to ship, can be updated so users always have the latest edition, integrated into the internet, easy to copy protect, and can be sold for a fraction of the price of hard copy. No resale market.

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in General Science | 0 comments

Exams: Teach yourself to learn.

A “course” is a “path” through the material which your prof. decides is important and attempts to teach you. Exams come from that material, so listen to him/her. You need to organize that material, see how it fits in the big picture and manage your time properly: that is you must be efficient.

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in General Science | 0 comments

Cataclysmic Tectonic Shifting – Discussing Doomsday

The skin of the Earth rearranges in a cataclysmic event. As the Earth’s crust trusts and turns, tsunamis slosh around the globe and volcanic activity obliterates the sun causing rapid cooling. Such an event can happen over the period of a few days, as evidenced by the fast freezing of animals found with their tropical diet still intact in their bellies. Many species become extinct, and those pockets of human’s that do survive are thrown back to the Stone Age.

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Posted by on Feb 20, 2010 in General Science | 1 comment

The Aufbau Principle

In this clip the Aufbau Principle of the electronic structure of the elements is shown as an example of the content of MCH multimedia’s General Chemistry tutorials.  The Aufbau or building up principle makes use of the Hydrogen Orbitals and the Pauli Principle. Buy the General Chemistry Tutorial from MCH Multimedia:  General Chemistry can be used alone or in conjunction with any introductory chemistry text book. In this module, all the topics found in AP (Advanced Programs in High School), and college level General Chemistry courses are covered.  Learn in depth by working through the modules which are presented with clear verbal instructions and descriptions about chemical processes.  There are many places where you can plot results and do...

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