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About Me: I teach Physics, Chemistry, and Physical Science. I love challenging myself and my students to explore the world around us and think critically.
Affiliation: Royal High School
Location: Royal City, WA
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Recent Posts by Eric
Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:45 PM in Text Book Advice
Hi All My school is currently in the process of adopting a new chemistry textbook. The candidates have been narrowed down to "Living By Chemistry," by Angelica Stacy and "Active Chemistry" by Eisenkraft. I am wondering if anyone out there has any particular experience with either of these books and can offer insights as to which book they would recommend. For what it's worth, I am at a smal...

Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:34 PM in 2013 Teacher of the Year
I had the privilege to observe Jeff teaching and interview him on his approaches and outlook while I was getting certified. He truly is a remarkable teacher.

Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:35 PM in Burning Questions
Ironically, none of my questions here have anything to do with combustion, which my topic title would be appropriate for. They are burning in the metaphorical sense. So on we go. For the first question, some background: Many years ago, scientists believed that all earthly matter was composed of four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. Under this theory, any substance could be converted to an...

Recent Reviews by Eric

4 Good introduction to moment of inertia
Almost everyone is familiar with inertia and that objects resist changes to motion, but I think the idea of 'moment of inertia' eludes many. This is unfortunate, because many important objects in our life spin, and you can't understand spinning motion without understanding the moment of inertia. The full story of what a moment of inertia is and how to assign one to an object is worth exploring for those who wish to go deeper. It would also be worthwhile to find some objects of differing mass to roll that result in a tie. In any case, I encourage any one who lacks insight into the nature of spinning motion to start with this article.

5 For those who wondered
This is a delightful little article that explains words that are tossed around a lot in science class, but unfortunately are not very well understood by many people. This article is great starting point for anyone who is confused about the difference between law, theory, and hypothesis.

5 At last, one for the biochemists
At first I thought this SciPack was going to be largely redundant with other SciPacks that discuss cell growth and functions, and at one level it is, because there is nothing fundamental in it that isn't addressed somewhere else. That said, this SciPack goes into much more chemical detail as to the "how's" of energy generation and consumption, giving specific details as to the chemicals and mechanisms involved, as well as the energy balance sheet (what you put into the system and what you get out). This SciPack is the place where biology meets chemistry, so if you are ever interested in knowing the mechanisms of cellular function (instead of just glossing over it and saying "that's just how it is"), this is the SciPack that will take you there. Alternatively, as a chemist, it's your chance to see chemistry played out on its most exciting stage: life.

Recent Public Collections by Eric

3 Resources
These articles focus on inquiry in the science classroom.

Inquiry Takes Time
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School

A Template for Open Inquiry
Type: Journal Article
Grade: High School