Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 15:03:22

Author: Jerry DiMarco

Subject: Re: Laboratories


Perhaps an approach like that taken in the development of the DCS is
the way to go. The DCS committee compiled demos from Physics journals and
published books of complete demo collections. Are there similar sources
for labs?


At 5/22/2011 04:59 PM, you wrote:
>When I tried this, I got overwhelmed with the amount of information to be
>documented. With the demos, it's not too bad. You have a concept that
>usually has maybe three or four ways of presenting it. With labs, this is
>not the case. There are a dozen ways to do the concept low-tech, another
>dozen high-tech and many more in between. Plus, a lab doesn't necessary
>just cover one concept. A "collisions" lab would be elastic and inelastic
>and each of those have two or three scenarios and each of those have the
>afore mentioned dozen ways of doing it.
>So, then I decided to simplify it and just look at topics. And, well,
>hell, that's just demos again. It was at that point where I got stuck and
>couldn't even figure out what to ask the rest of the committee to do. I
>finally decided that I wasn't the person for the job.
>It doesn't mean the job can't be done, only that it's an enormous
>undertaking, in my opinion, and not something that four or five people can
>handle unless they have two months or so of nothing else to do. The notion
>of a self-entry database system has crossed my mind, but even then, you
>have to have the categorizing system worked out, the database programmed
>and everyone willing to put in their labs. But, again, I'm not the person,
>so maybe a fresh look by another person sees something that I clearly did
>not. It might be that simple.
>One should pay attention to even the smallest crawling creature for these
>too may have a valuable lesson to teach us. Black Elk
>Machele Kindle
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>General Education, 608 Davis Hall
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