Date: Wed Aug 15 15:20:53 2007

Author: Machele Kindle

Subject: Re: I have some questions about how folks use the PIRA DCS

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Perry,=0A =0ASorry for the late response...I've been moving. These are my a=
nswers based on my time at WFU (I've left to go back to school).=0A =0A1) =
Is there a comprehensive DCS FAQ or manual available?=0A =0AHere is an=
online searchable index of the DCS. It's pretty extensive. http://physicsl=
earning.colorado.edu/Pira.asp=0AHere is an Excel version of the index. I TH=
INK this is up-to-date; Dale Stille was working on the file, I believe. htt=
p://physicslearning.colorado.edu/PiraHome/dcs/PIRADCS.html=0A =0A2) D=
o you store all your equipment according to the DCS?=0A =0AI'm not quite su=
re if you're asking if we numbered all of our demos according to DCS or if =
we physically arranged them in order. If the former, yes, many of us do thi=
s. If the latter, I'm sure that you could, but it'd be highly impractical.=
=0A =0A3) Does anyone use the DCS as a part of their inventory contro=
l system? And if so, how is it used?=0A =0AI didn't do this at WFU, I don'=
t think. We only inventoried items over a certain amount and I rarely bough=
t anything over that amount. So, I rarely had to update the inventory.=0A =
=0A4) How do you classify equipment that is used in different DCS cat=
egories?=0A =0AI'd classified it as "Common Equipment" or something if it w=
as used a LOT. For example, table clamps. It's just a huge waste of time to=
list all the demos that use table clamps. However, if you have a piece of =
equipment that's used for a few different things, like a Hobberman Sphere, =
I'd list/label it with all the relevant demos.=0A =0A5) Do you have s=
eparate sets of equipment for lab experiments and for demonstration setups?=
=0A =0AWFU does. They're even housed in different areas of the building and=
are rarely mixed.=0A =0A6) Do you use a different classification sys=
tem for lab equipment from the DCS used for demonstration equipment?=0A =0A=
No LCS exists, even though I wish it did. I even chaired a committee to try=
and set one up, but was overwhelmed by the too-many-choices approach. It w=
asn't a good committee for me to chair...I get frustrated at a mexican rest=
aurant trying to choose between combo plates. Had I realized this back then=
, I'd have volunteered to serve, but not chair.=0A =0A7) What process=
do you use to have faculty request demonstration set-ups?=0A =0AEmail. If =
they have used it before, they needed to get the email in before 4PM. If th=
ey hadn't, they needed to get it in before noon or 1PM and schedule an appo=
intment to go over how to use it. I set demos up each afternoon at 3PM for =
the next day's classes.=0A =0A8) Is the faculty limited to only using=
the available list of demonstrations (such as the PIRA 200 or the PIRA 100=
0 lists)?=0A =0ANo, the faculty had their choice of all our available demos=
, no matter what list they came from. Our website contained 95% of all our =
demos. Some I deliberately didn't add out of personal choice (for example, =
the tuning fork in a quartz watch, while interesting, really isn't a good d=
emo because it must be passed around).=0A =0A9) How do we handle clas=
sification if we have demonstrations that are different from the ones in th=
e official (BIB) list?=0A =0ACross reference and slowly introduce the facul=
ty to the new system. When I started, we had a list online that served as a=
cross reference. Since most of the professors who worked with that system =
had retired by the time I left, everyone used the DCS. But then, all they h=
ad to do was go online and look at the picture.=0A =0A10) How do I fit de=
monstrations unique to my school into the DCS=0A =0AMost people assign it a=
number as they see fit, then submit the number and references to the DCS c=
ommittee for inclusion. If your demo doesn't have any of the standard refer=
ences, you're highly encouraged to write something up.=0A =0A11) What do =
you do if the categories of the DCS do not fit the books you use for your p=
hysics classes?=0A =0ASet up a webpage based on your book, then list the de=
mos, with their DCS number, in that section. The DCS is simply a reference =
system and in no way dictates HOW to set up your course. Think of it as a l=
ibrary scheme. It doesn't matter what call number a book has as long as it'=
s relevant to what you're doing.=0A =0A12) Does the DCS have a way to cre=
ate unique demonstration names?=0A =0AYes. Jerry Zani is the chair of the D=
CS committee and he's active on this list. Just get in touch with him with =
your suggestions.=0A =0A13) What is the source for the naming of demonstr=
ations in the DCS?=0A =0AA group of very dedicated PIRA members started it,=
I think about 15 years ago. So, PIRA is the source.=0A =0A14) Does anyon=
e have a lab equipment and supplies database system that they would recomme=
nd or that we could copy?=0A =0AI don't. Sorry.=0A =0AI hope all this helps=
..=0A =0AChele - Past President, PIRA=0A=0A=0A ________________________=
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Perry,=0A =0ASorry for the late response...I've been moving. These are my answers based=
on my time at WFU (I've left to go back to school). <=
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nbsp; =
Is there a comprehensiv=
e DCS FAQ or manual available?=0A =0AHere is an online searchable index of=
the DCS. It's pretty extensive. http://physicslearning.colorado.edu/Pira.asp=0AHere is an =
Excel version of the index. I THINK this is up-to-date; Dale Stille was wor=
king on the file, I believe. http://physicslearning.colorado.edu/PiraHome/dc=
s/PIRADCS.html=0A =0A2) Do you store all your equipment according to the DCS?=0A =0A =0A3) Does anyone use the DCS as a part of their inventory control=
system? And if so, how is it used?=0A=
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p;=0AI didn't do=
this at WFU, I don't think. We only inventoried items over a certain amoun=
t and I rarely bought anything over that amount. So, I rarely had to update=
the inventory.=0A =
=0A4) How do you classify equipment that is used in different DCS c=
ategories?=0A =0AI'd classified it as "Common Equipment" or something if i=
t was used a LOT. For example, table clamps. It's just a huge waste of=
time to list all the demos that use table clamps. However, if you have a p=
iece of equipment that's used for a few different things, like a Hobberman =
Sphere, I'd list/label it with all the relevant demos.=0A=
=0A5) &=
nbsp; =
Do you have separate se=
ts of equipment for lab experiments and for demonstration setups?=0A =0AWF=
U does. They're even housed in different areas of the building and are rare=
ly mixed.=0A =0A6) Do you use a different classification system for lab equipment from=
the DCS used for demonstration equipment?=0A =0ANo LCS exists, even thoug=
h I wish it did. I even chaired a committee to try and set one up, but was =
overwhelmed by the too-many-choices approach. It wasn't a good committee fo=
r me to chair...I get frustrated at a mexican restaurant trying to choose b=
etween combo plates. Had I realized this back then, I'd have volunteered to=
serve, but not chair.=0A =
;=0A What process do you use to have faculty request demons=
tration set-ups?=0A =0AEmail. If they have used it before, they needed to =
get the email in before 4PM. If they hadn't, they needed to get it in befor=
e noon or 1PM and schedule an appointment to go over how to use it. I set d=
emos up each afternoon at 3PM for the next day's classes.=
=0A =0A8) &nbs=
p; Is the faculty lim=
ited to only using the available list of demonstrations (such as the PIRA 2=
00 or the PIRA 1000 lists)?=0A =0ANo, the faculty had their choice of all=
our available demos, no matter what list they came from. Our website conta=
ined 95% of all our demos. Some I deliberately didn't add out of personal c=
hoice (for example, the tuning fork in a quartz watch, while interesting, r=
eally isn't a good demo because it must be passed around).=0A =0A9) &nb=
sp; How do we handle c=
lassification if we have demonstrations that are different from the ones in=
the official (BIB) list?=0A =0ACross reference and slowly introduce the f=
aculty to the new system. When I started, we had a list online that served =
as a cross reference. Since most of the professors who worked with that sys=
tem had retired by the time I left, everyone used the DCS. But then, all th=
ey had to do was go online and look at the picture.=0A =0A10) How do I fit demonstrations unique to my school =
into the DCS=0A =0AMost people assign it a number as they see fit, then su=
bmit the number and references to the DCS committee for inclusion. If your =
demo doesn't have any of the standard references, you're highly encouraged =
to write something up.=0A =0A=
11)=
What do you do if the =
categories of the DCS do not fit the books you use for your physics classes=
?=0ASet up a webpage based on your book, then list the demos, with the=
ir DCS number, in that section. The DCS is simply a reference system and in=
no way dictates HOW to set up your course. Think of it as a library scheme=
.. It doesn't matter what call number a book has as long as it's relevant to=
what you're doing.=0A =0A12) Does =
the DCS have a way to create unique demonstration names?=
=0A&nb=
sp;=0AYes. Jerry=
Zani is the chair of the DCS committee and he's active on this list. Just =
get in touch with him with your suggestions.=0A =0A13)<=
SPAN style=3D"FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> What is the source for the naming of demonstrations in=
the DCS?=0A =0AA group of very dedicated PIRA members started it, I think=
about 15 years ago. So, PIRA is the source.=0A =0A14)<=
SPAN style=3D"FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> Does anyone have a lab equipment and supplies database=
system that they would recommend or that we could copy?=
=0A&nb=
sp;=0AI don't. S=
orry.=0A =0AI hope all this helps.=0A =0AChele - Past President, PIRA=0A Need a vacation? =
Get great deals =0Ato amazing places on Yahoo! Travel.
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