August2009 e-Wave

Alabama Section of AAPT


Welcome Back to School!!


We hope everyone is ready for the 2009-10 school year.With the insecure economy, there will be lots of adjustments that will be made to physics budgets and classrooms. Just be glad you arenít an Economic teacher.


There was NO July Update.


Information and Sites to Visit


For those of you who love to celebrate the Moon in art and song, or learn more about the current scientific exploration of the Moon, here is a new site. They would also like your help sharing this especially with your students, particularly those in college.
My Moon is an evolving site created for the Net Generation, by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI). They are collaborating with lunar scientists, engineers, artists, storytellers, and with you to share interactive information about the Moon and opportunities for you to be involved.

Through the MyMoon groups on facebook, YouTube, and flickr, they invite you to share your thoughts, your creations, and your experiences. They will host contests, discussion groups, and live Web-conference presentations.

Come join the lunar scientists, lunar artists, and lunatics!

http://mymoon. lpi.usra. edu

They are grateful (thrilled, in fact) to report that this project is funded by NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

For those who want to physically post something, there are also flyers at: http://www.lpi. usra.edu/ education/ announcements/ mymoon-color- flyer.pdf
http://www.lpi. usra.edu/ education/ announcements/ mymoon-black- white-flyer. pdf


Christine Shupla
Education Specialist
Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX  77058
(281) 486-2135
fax (281) 244-2031
shupla@lpi.usra. edu



NASA invites you to submit your name to be included on a microchip that will be sent to Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, scheduled to launch in 2011. Mars Science Laboratory is a rover that will assess whether Mars ever was, or still is, an environment able to support microbial life.

The "Send Your Name to Mars" Web page enables anyone to take part in the mission by sending his or her name to the Red Planet. Participants can print a certificate of participation and view a map showing where other contributors are from.

To submit names, visit http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/participate/sendyourname/. <http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/participate/sendyourname/>

To learn more about the Mars Science Laboratory mission, visit http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/


A laugh for the new school year:


During the French Revolution a philosopher, a poet, and a physicist were condemned to die by the guillotine. First they bring up the philosopher and put his head in the block. Then the executioner pulls the cord, but the blade doesn't fall and remains at the top. The executioner exclaims, "It's a sign from God! You may go free." Next they bring up the poet and put his head in the block. The executioner pulls the cord, but again the blade doesn't fall and remains at the top. The executioner exclaims, "It's another sign from God! You may go free."

Finally they bring up the physicist, but being a different sort he asks to be placed into the block looking up at the blade. Just as the executioner gets ready to pull the cord, the physicist shouts, "Hold it! I think I see your problem."


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