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Women in Physics

They discovered pulsars, found the first evidence of dark matter, pioneered mathematics, radioactivity, nuclear fission, elasticity, and computer programming, and have even stopped light.

As we approach International Women’s Day (March 8), the Perimeter Institute celebrates Pioneering Women in Physics. Check out these great pictures and short descriptions of their work. Very cool PI!

The Year of Light

Did you know that the United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Light, to showcase “to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society.” Cool eh?

To kick off the festivities, the Perimeter Institute (Pi) of Theoretical Physics, one of my favourite places (out in Waterloo Ontario), made these neat photos with 20 facts about light. Some you will know, but they are cool anyways. Check ’em out, and show them to your parents.

Nerd on Board!

Many of you know Una F, the hardcore physics-geek slash skateboarder from Block 8 Physics 11, but did you know that it is actually possible to get your PhD in physics, and still be cool? Duh. Of course it is! Check out this article on the PI website. (The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is in Waterloo):

Or, if you don’t read so good, just watch the YouTube vid here:

Web Assignments Coming…

Here’s a YouTube video about physics that got over 2 million views in two weeks. People are interested in how nature works, and that’s why I love my job. What could be cooler than sharing your knowledge with the world, like Physics Girl, and helping others learn about their world. I’m looking for ways to have you do this. I want (need) your help to do this better. Stay tuned for a discussion about this in class. In the meantime, check out some cool fluid vortex dynamics here.

New Site Features!

Early Christmas Presents!

Your marks are now on-line. Look under your course tab above, then find “Your Marks” then click on your block #.

Also, I have created classes on “Remind”, a website that enables me to send you text messages (or emails if you wish) with important reminders or info. I promise not to abuse this privilege, much:). You will not be able to text me back, and I will never know your number. You can certainly email me at any time if you wish.

Find the “Remind Instructions” for your block # above.

Tests are coming!

Wow, Looks like next Wednesday and Thursday will be big days in room 307E! Tests for all seven classes! Who wants to help mark them? Ha Ha!

Physics 11s, the Kinematics Pretest and Answer Keys are up! Study hard my little geeks!

We’re on our way

The first round of testing is done! Well, a few retests are happening, but I was very pleased with the performance of most of you all over the past couple of weeks. Hard work and lots of practice has made for solid results. I can’t remember have an average of about 80% across all seven of my classes. That’s about 200 students! Cool.

Physics 11s, your formula sheet is finally up here. If you lose your paper copy, grab a replacement here.

The First Bits…

The Ph 12 Static Equilibrium page is getting content! Yeah! Check out the solutions to the “Ultimate Equilibrium Review” and other links. Just look under the Physics 12 menu above.

Please note: the answer key has one error: #17 says “d” but it should be “c”.