Virtual Teacher Newsletter  No. 112  - 6TH AUGUST 2005 - BROWNIAN




1. Welcome

2. Mind Candy



5. Technical Stuff – STEVE JOBS

6. Web Site Focus – BROWNIAN MOTION


8. Great Sites

9.  Readers' Requests/Comments

10 Next Issue

11. Code of 'Netizens'

12. Tips



What a week, a great one.  I went to the Australian Museum on

Wednesday for a lecture on Forensics, only to discover an amazing

sight.  Mobs of folk demonstrating science experiments  from

different tertiary institutions, there was the 3D modeling, nano

technology, the new uranium waste removal technology, psychology

tests and much more.  What a treat. Look out for these evenings at

the Australian museum in the future, their twilight behind the scenes

are also a knock out.

I also attended the 3rd in the series of Einstein lectures

 on Friday night at Sydney UNI – great lecture, great insights. 

Don’t miss out on all these events happening for the

International Year of Physics, look out for them and send your

students and yourself along.

1.As Dr Karl said’

“Suppose you have a degree in Physics, and that you are being

interviewed for your first paying job. To get the interview going ,

the interviewer might ask, “So , you have a degree in Physics?”

the best answer is, “No, I have a degree in How to Solve Problems.”


1.Course info booklet Physics at Sydney Uni 2005



Legend of Bohrs

"Describe how to determine the height of a

skyscraper with a barometer."


The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics

from Flanders and Swann


By Flanders and Swann

Flanders (Spoken): One of the great problems in the world today

is undoubtedly this problem of not being able to talk to scientists,

because we don't understand science….

……Snow says that nobody can consider themselves educated

who doesn't know at least the basic language of science.

I mean things like Sir Edward Boyle's Law, for example –

the greater the external pressure, the greater the volume

of hot air. The simple . . . or . . . the Second Law of Thermodynamics,

this is very important. I wasn't so much shocked the other day to

discover that my partner not only doesn't know the Second Law,

he doesn't even know the First Law of Thermodynamics!


Going back to first principles, very briefly: thermodynamics,

of course, is derived from two Greek words, thermos,

meaning hot - if you don't drop it - and dynamics, meaning

dynamic, work; and thermodynamics is simply the science

of heat and work, and the relationships between the two

as laid down in the Laws of Thermodynamics, which may

be expressed in the following simple terms - after me, Donald.


[Flanders (spoken)]The First Law of Thermodymamics:


Heat is work and work is heat


[Swann (spoken)]Heat is work and work is heat


[Flanders (spoken)] Very good!


The Second Law of Thermodymamics:…..



That you can't pass heat from the cooler to the hotter


Try it if you like but you far better notter


[Together]'Cos the cold in the cooler will get hotter as a ruler


'Cos the hotter body's heat will pass to the cooler


Oh, you can't pass heat from the cooler to the hotter


You can try it if you like but you'll only look a fooler


'Cos the cold in the cooler will get hotter as a ruler


For the full version goto


3. WWWinfo Want some answers get them here – this is a great site

for students and it access many fantastic resources including Wiki

This resource offers an encyclopedic responses to questions, and

is continually updated.



Ray’s Free Report Writing Program



Steve Jobs Stanford Report June 14 2005

"You've got to find what you love."



Robert Brown was the botanist on Matthew Flinders voyage to

Tasmania, be got the gig because had connections with Joseph

Banks. He collected a large number of specimens, looking at

these under a microscope he noticed the pollen moving about

in a zig zag random fashion. This effect is the result of molecules

bumping into the larger pollen particles, and can be seen under a

microscope, how exciting, this was the first time atomic particles

could be viewed – indirectly by their effects.  The Brownian motion

was later one of the 5 major papers delivered by Einstein in 1905.



7. ee cummings

maggie and milly and molly and may

Love this poem. It has something in it for primary as well

as year 12. See an animated version at

On the precision of ee cummings

Poetry Lesson on Poem Structure and imagery including Maggie and mill...

Hints for Reading Cummings

Message Board comments - scroll to the bottom


Check out for a great range of poetry- easy to search.

Onomatopoeia about and poem about




Online Learning

Kids Net Au – all subjects covered from K-12 links to a vast

array of resources


Purple Maths –Algebra Resource




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Alex Prior


This looks like a great resource.


Hey Cathy.


I notice you get a few troubleshooting questions related to office..

If you get an questions about tech stuff feel free to pass on the email,

as I have worked as a tech for 10 years, and

in schools troubleshooting computer and software since 2000, I have

seen just about everything.


Thanks for what you do, its the first place I look for resources. 

Almost finished uni, 1 more year.. :)

Benjamin Ricketts

Teacher Aide

Miami Primary State School


Hi Benjamin,


Would you like me to put this offer to the newsletter as a whole? 

Is that OK


Yeah for sure it is..


I am sure I have seen a large enough variety of problems and tricks

to help out.  And I can’t recall not being able to fix a problem.  Plus

I have had plenty of experience troubleshooting with telstra in the

school system, and out of school with Dell and Acer, so I know

how things work down the grapevine of computer support around

the place.

Happy to help,


Hi Cathy,

An idea for Sue Hall (asking about Excel ideas) - what about

planning and budgeting for a trip around Australia. My class loved

it and we also used Powerpoint to prepare presentations for


Hope this helps!



Dear Cathy

I have lost my black hat template and can't find your newsletter with

the info on it.  Could you please let me know where I can recover this



Jo Critch

Head of Library and Information Services

Corpus Christi College

Hi Jo,


All hats can be found at:

just scroll own to templates


Dear Cathy,

I'm not sure how you select the links to include in each newsletter - however I

am a little perturbed by your link to "The Final Theory" in your 'Mind Candy'

section.  After reading some of the first chapter of this book, and some of the

Q&A, I am led to believe that many of the "reviews" of this book must be false

(or at least not from qualified physicist/mathematicians) and further that

reading his work will contribute to ignorance among the general teaching



The author, although he may have READ Einstein, has clearly not understood him -

particularly the passage in his pop "Relativity Paper" which says, "Of course

this is not surprising, since the equations of the Lorentz transformation were

derived conformably to this point of view".  He further has misunderstand the

general meaning of the word "theory" as opposed to "fact".  Other "paradoxes"

he claims to point out have also been clarified by many brilliant writers and

mathematicians including Max Born who published an explanation of Einstein's

relativity as early as 1920 - which points out that the "Astronaught returning

to earth to find his brother much older" does not create a paradox when

considered from the 'stationary' ship, but rather the "General Theory of

Relativity" should be applied and not the "Special Theory of Relativity".

Accelleration forces have a part to play when any hypothetical situations are



What the author says in his first chapter is fairly relevant, but it has been

written on by better and more established authors and philosophers such as

Russell, Kuhn and Husserl - and his plug "all will be revealed in chapter 2" is

an obvious ploy, trying to make people buy his book that he could not publish

through any decent established publisher.


I know food for thought should include new theories etc, however this author

whose work you have posted is equivalent to bogus scientists who claim that

"global warming is a myth" because it makes them popular and helps gas

companies.  I feel that his work will spread ignorance and is nothing more than

an empty marketing scam.

Thank-you for your Time,

Simon James


This is great Simon. Questioning scientific theory and defending it. 

I believe it is not only the ‘more established authors’ that should be

discussing and writing about science, but everyone, I believe at

best, science is all theory, and nothing is particularly ‘established’,

it is all in a ‘move through’ state, till we get the next bit of info or insight. 

Not only do I love the fact that lay people are publishing their own

‘theories’ about science, and questioning established sources, I also

love students to do the same thing. I think everyone should feel

science is up for debate, and should be questioned. Remember

when the stated scientific position was the world was flat, with a bit

more info and thought we have now another theory about the shape

of the world.  In the early 20th Century there were a group of scientists

who didn’t believe in theory of the existence of atoms, with a bit of a

rethink and Einstein’s ideas when he was certainly not a

‘more established’ author but a patent clerk , it is now pretty well

accepted. As to global warming the popularist view is way too glib

and narrow given the available info, – I covered a bit of it in a

previous newsletter

There is absolutely no hope for folk trying to deliver the ‘truth’

or absolute answers, theories are just that, everyone has a part

 to play in science, even Flanders and Swan, even students,

even patent clerks


10.  NEXT ISSUE – I know I, I know, next newsletter more

Primary School material will be included.  Although I did work

on the Brownian motion with kindergarten – great fun. Ciao Cathy


11. Code of the 'Netizens'

This Newsletter is not free, despite the misleading advertising

above. The Fee is now due. Each week you must help one

colleague on the Internet who has less knowledge than you.

Help that person even if you have to visit their classroom or

do a little research and get back to them. Trust me, this will

help a lot of people get their computer classrooms running better.

OK I'm trusting you!!!


12. TIPS

1. Double click on highlighted URLS to open in browser.

2. Send in your Questions, Questions will be published with

Answers, send in your Answers, if you have expertise to share.

3. Nominate a brilliant site for review and inclusion in this


4. Nominate a fantastic school site for review and inclusion in

this newsletter.

5. Make contact with other schools using fantastic programs.

6. Prepare and innovative article for this newsletter.

7. Tell 2 colleagues about this newsletter.


The opinions expressed here are purely those of the editor,

Cathy Brown. All other small print clauses apply. Such as:

Use at your  own risk. Nothing in life is guaranteed. If it doesn't

work for you send me an email.

Editor: cathy brown


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