While you’re studying next week, I have a few suggestions for you, based on my own studying experiences, the comments I’ve received from previous students, and what psychologists who actually study learning tell us. Here’s a great article: http://bjorklab.psych.ucla.edu/pubs/RBjork_2001b.pdf My interpretation: Reading solutions from the solutions manual and thinking “OK, I get it” is not… Continue reading Dynamics midterm study tips
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328515.100-ocean-current-slowdown-made-earth-spin-faster.html?nsref=climate-change&DCMP=OTC-rss Did you know that in November 2009, when the Antarctic Circumpolar Current slowed down for 2 weeks, the Earth actually spinned faster as a result, by 0.1 milliseconds per day!?!
To be honest, math always came easily to me and so I never understood the “math anxiety” or “I hate math” perspectives. This post, entitled Science: It’s Really, Really Hard, And That’s Something To Celebrate sums up a couple of key things that have bouncing around in my head but I hadn’t yet put into… Continue reading Science is hard and that’s a good thing!
Looking for some history and explanations, using every day language, of some of the concepts you’re learning in engineering? Here’s a cool 3 minute video about: The Wave Equation – the acceleration of a point on a vibrating string is proportional to the string’s tension – led to the development of radio Maxwell’s Equations –… Continue reading The World’s Hidden Equations
In this 20 minute video, Noam Chomsky discusses different views on the purpose of education. There is the traditional view that the highest goal in life is to inquire and create, and follow a quest for understanding, versus the control and indoctrination view where the believe is that “young people have to be placed into… Continue reading Noam Chomsky on the purpose of education