Author Archives: April

Viruses

   Listen to our discussion of viruses on Tony Rose Live via SoundCloud!   Viruses are very tiny and they are right on the edge of being defined as alive, but they have an enormous impact on humans.  Refer to … Continue reading

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Sensing Temperature

  Listen to audio of this topic from Tony Rose Live via SoundCloud   Our bodies have many senses.  These include sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell.  They also include senses for motion, balance, pain, pressure, and more.  One of … Continue reading

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Black Holes

Listen to the discussion of black holes on Tony Rose Live via SoundCloud.   The existence of what we call black holes was predicted by John Michell using Newton’s laws in 1790s and by Einstein’s theory of relativity in 1915. … Continue reading

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Confetti Launcher

Happy New Year!  Here is a fun project to help you celebrate!  These confetti launchers use the polymer properties of balloons and Newton’s laws to add zing to the festivities.       Simply cut off the top of a … Continue reading

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Moon Mission from China

On December 14, China became the third nation to successfully complete a soft landing on the Moon.  Please refer to this article at Space.com for an overview.  This is the first soft landing on the moon in 37 years!  The … Continue reading

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Snowflakes

Back in 1885, Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley was the first person to photograph an individual snow crystal.  He went on to photograph 5000 of them. None of the snowflakes he photographed were the same, but they were almost all incredibly detailed … Continue reading

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Moving Image

‘Tis the season for holiday specials!  Whether you like Charlie Brown, cute animals, or wacky elves, there is a Christmas show for you.  Modern television and movies are a relatively recent innovation, but the process of producing a more and … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Food Math

Happy Thanksgiving!  The foods on your plate can be used to illustrate some very interesting math concepts. Enjoy! In the following set of short, lighthearted YouTube videos, Vi Hart shows you geometry with potatoes, vectors with green beans, binary trees … Continue reading

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Leavening

Leavening is the difference between crackers and fluffy rolls.  All bread has a grain and water. Breads with leavening have air pockets.  The two most commonly used leaveners are baking soda and yeast.   When baking soda, or baking powder … Continue reading

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Oobleck

The last post was about polymers, sometimes called slime.  Corn starch was one example. When mixed with water, corn starch forms an interesting, slimy substance that has non-Newtonian properties.  It is often called oobleck. The molecules in a Newtonian fluid … Continue reading

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