I'll be heading out to the AAPT Winter Meeting in Anaheim, CA for next week. If you happen to
be there, keep an eye out for me. I'll be at a "Cracker Barrel"
Session Wednesday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm
This site was chosen as a Site of the Week by Entertainment Weekly
magazine - both in printed form (Dec 4, 1998) and on-line. Here
is a direct link to the review and the site is below.
Where does time go? I've been here in CT for a bit more than two
months and getting familiar with a new location has certainly
kept me busy (if there are any Director users in the New Haven
area, feel free to drop me a line and we could do lunch). I still
haven't found an internet provider that has a stable connection
or reasonable transfer rate. I'm rather disappointed.
If you want to see a bit of the work I did over the summer you
could take a peek right here, but the page will be moving in the near future so don't expect
it to stay in the same location forever (and with the web, forever
is a very nebulous thing). I'm currently working on a few other
projects (have to pay a few bills every now and then) that are
geared towards the high school level - stay tuned for more information.
I'll be at the Regional AAPT Meeting on Nov. 6-8 at Yale, so if
you'll be there, look for me.
I added a few new items to the site, including some improved instructions
on the download page, the answer to some common questions, and
two new modules (Center of Mass and Monkey Shooter). On the download
page I added another Density Lab Handout that was sent to me,
along with a handout that lets people "Explore Newton's Law on
This site was selected as a "WebToday Destination" on Sept 29th.
I've moved out to Connecticut to start my faculty position at
the University of New Haven, and am still working on getting settled
in, so I currently have limited internet access. Thus, if you
send me a message, it may take awhile for me to get back to you.
And now, on to some actual news...
As a kid I used to love reading through Popular Science magazine,
and in this month's issue this site was included among their "Best
50 Sites of 1998." When I looked at the rest of the sites they
had listed, it made me feel pretty good to be included among them!
If you want a good listing for some educational sites, be sure
to check out the issue (or their web site).
I think there may be a few mistakes on the ReadMe that is included
with the download of this site, and I'll try to correct any errors
as soon as I get my computer set up in my new office.
This has been one busy summer for me, and the site has had a few
visitors as well. One thing that I've been working on was updating
parts of the IPPEX site. I finished a new version of the "Learn
About Matter" module. Feel free to visit it on the web at this
location. I'm also working on the "Intro to E & M" material and hope to
have that completed in the next few weeks.
The site has gotten a few nifty awards in the past few months,
however, sometimes no one lets you know about them - so I find
out when people drop me a line, or when I'm web browsing and discover
On March 19th this site was a USA Today Hot Site, in June the
site was listed in a ZDNet article entitled "Search for Intelligent
Sites on the Web," and that same month this site was listed in
Popular Science magazine in their Web Watch section. This coming
weekend (I believe) the site will be in the www.4kids.org part of the Sunday Comics in ~ 150 newspapers across the country!
On a personal note, I'm starting to pack up everything I own so
I can move out to Connecticut in two weeks, so there may not be
many updates for awhile as I get settled in to a new job, new
town, etc. Wish me luck - I hope my good old 11 year old car gets
me from here to there :)
I have the new version of this site available on the download
page. I fixed (hopefully) the serious problem in the floating
Every year or so I feel the need to update the overall look of
this site, so feel free to drop me a comment or two about this
new look. If I find time I'll update the look on all the older
simulations, but for now, just future experiments will have the
"new" look. However, I have a feeling I'll run through and update
many things this summer since there are a few changes I would
like to make to several modules.
I've added two new modules - a histogram builder, and a phased
array (relatively early version, fast computer a good idea).
This site had over 20,000 visitors last month!
It was a busy month. A new mirror of my site was set up (thanks
Taha). You can find the link on the mirrors page. A visitor to
my site pointed out several bugs to me. One major one was (and
still is) on the floating log module. I'll be working on that
one during May - it is rather old so needs a bit of rewriting
to get it up to modern standards :) The density module also had
a few smaller problems related to changing the density of the
liquid in the pail. I posted a new version of that today and hopefully
all the problems have been fixed.
As for the stand-alone PC version, there are still some problems
I'm trying to correct.
In the next week I'll have a new "histogram" module posted, so
I got this message earlier in the month: "Your site--Explore Science--has
been chosen as a selection for the Scout Report (April 3, 1998),
the premier weekly collection of useful Internet sites for discerning
Internauts. Care is taken in the selection of items included in
the Scout Report. Basic criteria include depth of content, author,
information maintenance, and presentation. The content of each
resource is briefly described."
I now have an "older news" section at the bottom of this page.
This site was recognized by the following groups during the weekend!
Happy birthday to my sister! This site was Blueberry's Chilled Site of the Day on Saturday.
Without a doubt one of the strangest looking blueberries I have
ever seen :) It was also given a "Top Ten" ranking from a Kids
Review. The Yahoo review (which seems very "Twilight Zone-like"
is listed on the History page.
I added a module that lets your students see if they can correctly
determine the minimum, maximum, and current temperatures from
a min/max thermometer. I posted several updates in the past week
on the download page (thanks to those that let me know of the
problems). More ideas keep popping into my head for new stuff,
but finding spare time is always a challenge. Just remember, if
you ever have any ideas, pass them along, and if any multimedia
developers out there ever want to contribute to this site, please
drop me a line. Also, if you have created a publicly accessible mirror
of this site, please let me know.
I am still working on the stand-alone windows version (it's in
my pile of things I want to get done soon).
The server problems have continued a bit, but problems seem to
be mostly under control. The HD on our server died during the
3/1-3/9 week and it took us a bit of time to realize it was going.
With the new HD a lot of the software was upgraded, so there are
still a few crashes occurring. I made a small change to the orbit
simulator that should take care of one main problem (that one
will be rewritten this spring/summer).
On a personal note, I was recently hired by the University of
New Haven, and will join their Physics Department this coming
fall. I'll also be at the Joint APS/AAPT meeting next month in
Columbus, OH if you want to chat about any of this fun stuff.
I noticed that this site was a Yahoo Pick of the Week earlier
in March and will post their icon on my site in the next few weeks
when I find some time, along with the rather entertaining review
they had posted on their site.
I apologize for the server problems this past week. Bookmarking
my mirror sites (see updated list) might be a good idea - but
hopefully that problem is over with for at least a bit. I added
a new module under optics which lets you see if the quickest way
to get from Point A to Point B is really a straight line. I made
several small changes to a few things, so please download the update if you want the latest "stuff."
The site has won several other awards. Please check out the history
page if you are curious (gifs are there with the links to the
award sites). My UM mirror site is still under construction due
to the fact that I haven't been able to get more HD space here
at our fine National Championship institution...actually, I'm
still trying to get a computer at my desk...working on my site
with my 28.8 modem is getting more and more time consuming (ok...I'll
stop complaining now).