Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 12:12:54 -0800

Author: Eric Ayars

Subject: Re: Estes igniters and magnesium strips

Post:

Educate a Dean? Hey, let's be realistic, here! Buy an industrial CO2
laser and supply all spectators with safety goggles -- that's cheaper
and easier.

-EA


On Mar 8, 2005, at 9:33 AM, cablem wrote:

> Hmmm...all this instead of educating the Dean? I know, I know, I'm
> being a spoil sport...but...to be sure there's some other nifty way of
> cutting the ribbon? Since the chemistry department got space, let them
> burn it open with acid or something.
>
> Chele
>
>
> On 3/8/2005 11:39 AM, Roger Key wrote:
>
>> Tappers:
>>
>> we're having a ribbon cutting ceremony for our new science building
>> (no, Physics didn't get any space in it) and the Dean in his wisdom
>> has asked that we "cut the ribbon with a laser" ..... one of our
>> faculty even asked me if our nitrogen laser would cut it. I have an
>> idea to shine a laser on the ribbon for a few seconds, then set off a
>> magnesium ribbon taped to the back of the ribbon with an estes
>> ignitor ... would the ignitor get hot enough? I don't have any handy
>> or I'd try it. Ideas?
>>
>> thanks in advance for the fun discussion
>>
>> -
>> Roger
>>
>>
>> =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=
>> Roger Key
>> California State University, Fresno
>> Department of Physics MS MH37
>> 2345 E San Ramon Ave
>> Fresno CA 93740-8031
>> rogerk@csufresno.edu
>> 559-278-2728
>> fax: 278-7741
>>
>> "It's not the mountain you face that wears you out,
>> it's the grain of sand in your shoe"
>>
>> Physics Department Web Page: http://physics.csufresno.edu
>> Downing Planetarium Web Page: http://www.Downing-Planetarium.org
>> Physics Instructional Resource Association: http://www.pira.nu
>>
>
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>
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> "Foxtrot", 7/1/2004:
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> *CRASH*
> "I think the payload was too top heavy."
> "Maybe we shouldn't try launching Barbies."
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Dr. Eric Ayars
Assistant Professor of Physics
California State University, Chico
ayars@mailaps.org
From David.Kardelis@ceu.edu Tue Mar 8 15:19:24 2005

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