Date: Mon Feb 19 16:53:25 2007

Author: cablem

Subject: Re: To start your weekend with a laugh ...

Post:
I was given a slide rule (with manual!) by my Uncle when I got my BSAP.
It got lost in a move. I'd managed to learn how to multiply and divide
on it. It was my brother who bought me my calculator with a lot of
constants and what not built in...and, he got it for me BEFORE I graduated.

Chele

On 2/19/2007 3:57 PM, Cudnik,Brian wrote:
> We have in our Museum a genuine electronic calculator...all 30 pounds
> worth! It can add, subtract, multiply, and divide, and best of all...it
> even takes the square root!
>
> A couple years ago, I began teaching introductory astronomy courses at a
> local Catholic university (the University of St. Thomas of Houston,
> Texas). Each of their two intro astronomy courses (solar system and
> stellar galactic) has a lecture and laboratory component. I was teaching
> the lab component with several students who did not bring calculators to
> assist in the mathematical part of the lab when I remembered a box
> labeled "calculators" in their store room. I went to fetch the box and
> bring it out to the students and found it was full of slide rules and a
> few abaci (more than one abacus)! One electronic calculator circa 1978
> was among the collection but it did not work...
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu [mailto:tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu] On
> Behalf Of Cliff Bettis
> Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2007 12:04 PM
> To: tap-l@lists.ncsu.edu
> Subject: Re: [tap-l] To start your weekend with a laugh ...
>
> Tom,
>
> I think what I found is a later version: it doesn't show any sign of
> glass
> having been used as the recording medium and the rails are closer
> together.
> The tuning fork ("C" 128 Hz) is driven by an electromagnet.
>
> Cliff
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Thomas B. Greenslade, Jr."
> To: ;
> Sent: Friday, February 16, 2007 9:32 PM
> Subject: Re: [tap-l] To start your weekend with a laugh ...
>
>
>
>> To see an example of the free fall apparatus that Cliff mentions, go
>>
> to
>
>>
> http://physics.kenyon.edu/EarlyApparatus/Mechanics/Free_Fall/Free_Fall.h
> tml .
>
>> This dates from the 1920s -- not very old at all...
>>
>> Cliff -- you break my heart when you disassemble this piece of
>> apparatus!
>>
>> Best Regards,
>>
>> Tom Greenslade
>>
>> cbettis@unlserve.unl.edu wrote:
>>
>>> Stephen,
>>>
>>> I have been doing serious scavenging in the attic. There is some
>>> wonderful old stuff up there. I am grabbing on to whatever looks good
>>>
> and
>
>>> isn't museum stuff. I just finished building a "new" pile driver,
>>>
> parts
>
>>> of which came from two Young's modulus apparatus and an old free fall
>>>
>
>
>>> experiment (really old: it used a tuning fork and a stylus to leave
>>> timing marks on a wax paper streamer).
>>>
>>> My guess is most of the stuff will be tossed.
>>>
>>> Cliff
>>>
>>> Quoting "Wallin, Stephen R" :
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>> Don't lose those dandy historical artifacts in the attic. Was UNL
>>>> first
>>>> physics graduate school west of the Missip.?
>>>> Stephen
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> ________________________________
>>>>
>>>> From: tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu [mailto:tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu]
>>>> On
>>>> Behalf Of Cliff Bettis
>>>> Sent: Friday, February 16, 2007 1:58 PM
>>>> To: tap-l@lists.ncsu.edu
>>>> Subject: [tap-l] To start your weekend with a laugh ...
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I just got this note:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Dear faculty,
>>>>
>>>> The Society of Physics Student has been put in charge of taking
>>>> inventory for the physics department. The information gathered will
>>>>
> be
>
>>>> used to help prepare moving into the new building. In the next
>>>>
> couple
>
>>>> of
>>>> weeks members of SPS will be contacting each one of you individually
>>>> to
>>>> sit down and catalog your specific equipment. This process should
>>>>
> take
>
>>>> no more than an hour of your time, and it would be nice if this
>>>>
> could
>
>>>> all be done in a timely manner. Thank you for your cooperation.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>
>
>
>
>

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