Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 19:12:48 -0400

Author: "John L. Hubisz"

Subject: Re: broken barometer

Post:

Dig a hole in the woods and dump the mercury in and cover it. Save the
nice wood and the scale for some other purpose. Perhaps even a museum exhibit.

This situation with mercury is ridiculous.

John

At 09:43 PM 9/18/2003 -0400, Bill Reitz wrote:
>A Chemistry teacher came to me today about a mercury barometer he had in the
>classroom at our high school. Students noted a couple of drops of Hg on the
>outside of the bottom of the apparatus. He said there also seemed to be a
>bubble in the mercury column. The barometer is only 2 years old and cost a
>whopping $400. He called the company that manufactured it. They said to mail
>it to them and they would reseal and refill it ( for $280). They also said
>that it had to be sent in a special box ( they'll provide one for $40).
>
>The Chemistry teacher didn't know whether to send it back to be refurbished
>for big bucks or just drop it in the hallway so that we could have a few
>days off. At nearby elementary school a small mercury spill was found on the
>floor in a science room. The school has been closed for a week. There is a
>rumor that a custodian collected the spill & poured it down the drain ("I
>didn't know it was mercury...") All the drains were sucked clean and some
>sealed off as a result.
>
>My question: what would you do with our troublesome barometer?
>
>Bill Reitz

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From Winnmmw@aol.com Sat Sep 20 08:42:46 2003
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 11:25:51 -0400 (EDT)
From: Winnmmw@aol.com
Subject: Astronomy help
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Dear Group,
I am mentoring the new physics teachers in Hillsborough County. I love the
job - have six teachers this year.

I have two teachers this year teaching Astronomy. Neither has much background
in Astronomy & they are using a college text which does not have all the
ancillaries that a high school text would have.

Does anyone out there know any books, web sites, or whatever that would help?
Or do you have some little labs that you would be willing to send me? Both
teachers are new teachers with three different preps & are on block - eek!

I think the supervisor would buy some books or other small stuff if I could
find out what would be helpful.

Mary Winn

2623 Watrous Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629
813-254-3852
winnmmw@aol.com

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Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 08:41:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: Cathy Mariotti Ezrailson
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Subject: Re: Astronomy help
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Hi Mary,
We are including some wonderful website for astronomy in the Compadre collection. Here are a few examples that may help your teachers. Also, be sure to check the http://psrc.aapt.org web site as more and more great materials are being uploaded there all the time.

http://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/vplanet.html

http://www.astrosociety.org/education/activities/handson.html

http://www.spacenow.org.uk/index.cfm?code=home

Take care,
Cathy
Winnmmw@aol.com wrote:
Dear Group,
I am mentoring the new physics teachers in Hillsborough County. I love the job - have six teachers this year.

I have two teachers this year teaching Astronomy. Neither has much background in Astronomy & they are using a college text which does not have all the ancillaries that a high school text would have.

Does anyone out there know any books, web sites, or whatever that would help? Or do you have some little labs that you would be willing to send me? Both teachers are new teachers with three different preps & are on block - eek!

I think the supervisor would buy some books or other small stuff if I could find out what would be helpful.

Mary Winn

2623 Watrous Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629
813-254-3852
winnmmw@aol.com


Cathy Mariotti Ezrailson, 4232 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, ezrailson@tamu.edu Ph 281-773-5458 http://www.coe.tamu.edu/~cezrailson
Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old. Aeschilus
What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning. -- Werner Heisenberg
It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns what we can say about nature. --Niels Bohr




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Hi Mary,

We are including some wonderful website for astronomy in the Compadre collection. Here are a few examples that may help your teachers. Also, be sure to check the http://psrc.aapt.org web site as more and more great materials are being uploaded there all the time.

 

http://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/vplanet.html

http://www.astrosociety.org/education/activities/handson.html

http://www.spacenow.org.uk/index.cfm?code=home

Take care,

Cathy
Winnmmw@aol.com wrote:

Dear Group,
I am mentoring the new physics teachers in Hillsborough County. I love the job - have six teachers this year.

I have two teachers this year teaching Astronomy. Neither has much background in Astronomy & they are using a college text which does not have all the ancillaries that a high school text would have.

Does anyone out there know any books, web sites, or whatever that would help? Or do you have some little labs that you would be willing to send me? Both teachers are new teachers with three different preps & are on block - eek!

I think the supervisor would buy some books or other small stuff if I could find out what would be helpful.

Mary
Winn

2623 Watrous Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629
813-254-3852
winnmmw@aol.com





Cathy Mariotti Ezrailson, 4232 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, ezrailson@tamu.edu Ph 281-773-5458 http://www.coe.tamu.edu/~cezrailson
Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old. Aeschilus
What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning. -- Werner Heisenberg
It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns what we can say about nature. --Niels Bohr

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