Physics and Astronomy
Faculty: Donald F. Collins, PhD
Use of Hands-on activities:
All physics and related courses make extensive
use of hands-on
activities - laboratories which enhance the learning through concepts
Other hands-on activities:
Funded by Teaching and Technology: Stage II
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
|Each week when classes are
in session, a new photograph of a
particular physics phenomenon is displayed along with a brief
sponsored by Appalachian College Association, led by Dr. Douglas T.
Durig of University of the South, Sewanee, TN, and Dr. Donald F.
Collins of Warren Wilson College. This workshop shares with other
astronomy faculty some innovative, "hands-on" projects in astronomy
education using new technologies.
| This is the "diamond ring" phenomenon
by Sky Stephens (class of 2001) in Bucharest Romania, August, 1999.
Construction of Instrument to measure water turbidity
| An infrared laser diode shines
river water. The amount of light is detected by the a phototransistor.
Increased turbidity in the sample relates to less light detected.
by Alex Cady, 1999.
| An ongoing project uses a small telescope
electronic camera to measure eclipse times of the Galilean satellites
Jupiter to a high degree of precision. The plot on the left shows the
brightness of Io (one of Jupiter's satellites) as it goes into
shadow and becomes invisible in a matter of 3 sec.