Introduction to Factor Analysis
This site introduces the application of factor analysis to chemical data. The tutorial, which uses data from a UV absorbance experiment, is designed for undergraduate chemistry students.
Molecular Structure and Dynamics by NMR Spectroscopy
This site provides PowerPoint slides for a series of lectures for a graduate-level course in NMR spectroscopy. While the casual student may find it hard to follow everything on the slides without an accompanying lecture, the Power Point files should be very useful for advanced students or educators putting together similar courses. Mathematica documents that allow one to perform matrix algebra and Fourier transforms are also provided.
Making of Severe Clear, The
'The Making of Severe Clear,' 1986, is a documentary-style work that traces the creation of choreographer Dana Reitz' and light-and-space designer James Turrell's work, 'Severe Clear. 'Rehersals for 'The Making of Severe Clear' During the work, 'The Making of Severe Clear,' rehersals with Reitz and dancer Sarah Skaggs are featured, revealing Reitz' use of drawing and movement improvisation as choreographic tools. James Turrell's stage design is seen as it is being constructed. The video ends wit
Inside the Salt II Delegation
Edward L. Rowny was the Joint Chiefs of Staff representative to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) from 1972 to 1979. From 1981 to 1984, during U.S. president Ronald Reagan's administration, he was chief negotiator for the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START). In this video segment, Rowny explores Soviet and American negotiating tactics and proposals. He also shares his frustration with U.S. concessions, process, and misconceptions of Soviet thinking, all of which ultimately led to his
Atmospheric Heating Animations
This site features a QuickTime animation with audio, a series of Java applets, and an MPEG that illustrate various aspects of atmospheric heating. They explain Earth's radiation balance, show the user how to draw temperature contours, and depict the basic idea of an urban heat island. These resources portray a variety of environments and are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.
Thundering Scream of the Seraphin's Delight, The
Close-up shots of a double bass are saturated with vibrant color highlights. Images are layered and presented in gridlike formations. A base black-and-white image is enhanced through processing work. 'The Thundering Scream of the Seraphin's Delight' is approximately 15 minutes long. The music, which dominates the work, was composed by Reynold Weidnaar and performed by Weidnaar and Robert Black, who plays the double bass. The score is experimental in tone and unfolds slowly, pushing the capabilit
The Thomas Jefferson Papers
The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents. This is the largest collection of original Jefferson documents in the world. Document types in the collection as a whole include correspondence, commonplace books, financial account books, and manuscript volumes. The collection is organized into ten series or groupings, ranging in date from 1606 to 1827. Correspondence, memoranda, notes, and drafts of documents
Lunch Poems: Cornelius Eady
Cornelius Eady's poetry meets the world's absurdities head-on with his own deft paradoxes. His highly personal use of language never detracts from its hard-hitting content. Eady's seven books of poetry include The Autobiography of a Jukebox, and his latest, Brutal Imagination. He's won the Academy of American Poets' Lamont Prize and teaches creative writing at CCNY.
Bioinformatics in the Biology Classroom
This educational journal article addresses the implementation of bioinformatics in the classroom. The author explains how bioinformatics could play a key role for science students pursuing higher education, foster inquiry learning of content that has often been taught in a dry manner, provide the thread that ties classes together, improve biology teaching, enhance the learning of biotech issues and ethics, expose students to real-world science, and significantly help to reform biology teaching a
Earthquake Hazards Program: Rectangular Area Earthquake Search
This USGS site has an online form that lets the user select parameters to perform a rectangular area search for earthquakes. The user must define the output file type, data base, and input rectangular area search parameters and has the option of defining the date, magnitude, depth and intensity of an earthquake.
NASA Planetary Data System Map-A-Planet
This site provides a useful way to view and download image data from the Moon, Mars, Venus, Io, Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa. Users can click on a map to select the area of the image desired. The maps may be customized by selecting latitude and longitude, data type, projection type, and scale. The Mars portion of the site now has both a Viking and a MOLA data set. Other planetary data sets are also available, including all Magellan SAR imagery for Venus. The image data is available at various
Smithsonian American Art Museum Education
We have digitized and indexed dozens of SAAM's free educational materials for your use. Teacher guides are listed with corresponding standards and grade levels for your convenience. Be sure to check back periodically, as more resources will be added. SAAM's online features contain interactive or media-rich assets that can easily be used by educators in the classroom. Students can learn by viewing media or taking part in various online activities. Online activities such as Catlin Classroom have
You Be the Conservator
This web activity, recommended for grades 5 and up, is designed to teach both content and process. The content areas addressed in this activity are the science of conservation and the history of the Hispanic American tradition of making santos. Santos are painted woodcarvings of saints in the Catholic Church. Conservators use scientific tools and procedures such as xeroradiography and microscopy to analyze objects. The science behind these tools and procedures is explained in this web activity.
This classroom activity is part of the Smithsonian's Giant Squid Curriculum. It uses flashlights to teach students about luminescence, counterillumination, and photophores. In the scope of this activity, students will identify luminescence and brainstorm possible reasons for its biological purpose and function. The activity includes a detailed procedure accompanied with questions teachers can ask in order to promote inquiry and classroom discussion. A link directs teachers to background content
Multiple Slit Diffraction Model
The EJS Multiple Slit Diffraction model allows the user to simulate Fraunhofer diffraction through single or multiple slits. The user can modify the number of slits, the slit width, the slit separation and the wavelength of the incident light. The scale of the diffraction pattern can also be changed and a plot of the light intensity can be toggled on and off with a checkbox.
Thick Lens Model
The EJS Thick Lens model allows the user to simulate a lens (mirror) by adjusting the physical properties of a transparent (reflecting) object and observing the object's effect on a beam of light. The user can adjust the concavity of the sides, the index of refraction and its environment, and the height and width of the object as well as the size of the incident light and the horizontal position of the transparent object. Spherical aberration can be observed at large angles. You can examine
Inertial Oscillation Model
The EJS Inertial Oscillation model displays the motion of a particle moving over the surface of an oblate spheroid. The spheroid is flattened to an ellipsoid of revolution because it is rotating, just as the Earth is flattened because it is rotating. The particle is confined to motion along the surface by the spheroid's gravity; the motion parallel to the surface is treated as frictionless. The simulation shows simultaneously the motion with respect to the inertial coordinate system, and the mot
Inheritance: Standing Up to Injustice and Cruelty
FILM: This lesson plan is designed to be used in conjunction with the film, Inheritance, which illustrates the lasting effects of the Holocaust from the perspectives of both a victim of Nazi war crimes and the child of a perpetrator. Classrooms can use this lesson to explore the responsibility of standing up to injustice and cruelty. NOTE: This film contains sensitive content related to the genocide of Europe's Jews during World War II. In addition to verbal descriptions of abuses, the complet
The Cutting Edge - Exploring How Editing Affects an Author's Work
In this lesson, students examine the writing of short-story author Raymond Carver as well as their own writing to explore how editing can affect the text, content and context of an author's work.
Sampling is a computer tool designed to help biology students obtain a qualitative understanding of basic concepts related to estimation and statistics. Sampling presents the user with a group of hypothetical populations distributed throughout an area, and with tools for sampling these populations to estimate characteristics such as population size and density, the nature of each population's spatial patterning, and spatial correlations in abundance between populations. By manipulating the numb