Today we showed various objects under the infrared camera, and discussed how an object’s…

Today we showed various objects under the infrared camera, and discussed how an object’s emissivity impacts the absorption and emission of thermal radiation. But, an object which absorbs well in the visible spectrum—something that appears black—doesn’t seem to emit well in the visible—after all, it appears black. Therefore, knowing which parts of our experience to use to decide on an object’s emissivity is a bit subtle.

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We began looking at thermal radiation during class today, and there are lots of great demonstrations…

We began looking at thermal radiation during class today, and there are lots of great demonstrations and resources based around this topic. But, between the youtube video, the infrared camera, the kettle, the nail burning demo, the doc cam, my computer, two projectors, and the clicker, I had many balls to juggle during class today. Therefore, I wasn’t so smooth in all the transitions.

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I sat in on the class immediately before my own because it’s interesting to watch others teach…

I sat in on the class immediately before my own because it’s interesting to watch others teach to observe their habits, and those of the students. But, the one thing that is most useful is the empathy I develop for the student perspective: The view from the back looking forward is much different than the view from the front looking out. Therefore, I made sure to touch base with some of those who sit at…

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8am class sometimes feels early, and especially so as winter sets in and the mornings start being…

8am class sometimes feels early, and especially so as winter sets in and the mornings start being colder. But, on the weekend I saw a suggestion in a magazine from our own Prime Minister: If you take morning classes in university, then you’ll be up early and have more afternoon time for studying, friends, and other activities. Therefore, I shared with my class that they made a JT-approved choice to be there in the morning.

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I decided to sit in on a bit of the other instructor’s lecture in my same course, and I…

I decided to sit in on a bit of the other instructor’s lecture in my same course, and I watched them run an activity which I did last week. But, instead of plugging the numbers that came out into a spreadsheet, they handwrote them and then calculated the average. Therefore, I was pushed to reconsider how I might get a bit more personal and explicit in my class.

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