Tagged: thermodynamics

Weather and statistics - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Jul 30, 2014

I overheard the following conversation at the best coffee outlet on campus yesterday: "Well, winter's nearly over. We're past the shortest day so it's getting warmer. And we've had eleven frosts so far this year, and the record for Hamilton is twelve, so there can only be one more to come." - Anonymous Where do I begin? … Read More

Thermodynamics of learning - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Nov 27, 2013

Last week I attended a conference on Emergent Learning and Threshold Concepts, here at the University of Waikato. It was a very interesting couple of days. As far as academic conferences go, it was unusual in that it was really cross-disciplinary. We had engineers mixing with physiotherapists, and management consultants with dancers. It certainly was interesting to … Read More

My car is cold - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Oct 16, 2013

The last couple of days have seen our Engineering Design Show. This is where our 2nd/3rd/4th year Engineering students get to talk about and show off the various projects they've been working on in the last year. It's very interesting to see the range of activities going on, and there are some 'competitive events' - this year the 3rd … Read More

Temperature is not Heat - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Sep 03, 2013

First things first. PhysicsStop is back on-line after an enjoyable two-week break in warm and sunny southern England. Second things second. What advice can anyone give to the parents of a fourteen-month-old with jetlag who insists that 4 am is time to get up, have breakfast, and feed the chickens (or the "Choo Chuk" as he calls them)? … Read More

Sunday video: tackling Tuberculosis and biophysics - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Aug 25, 2013

This free-wheeling discussion between Science Alert’s Fiona McDonald and Vic Arcus (University of Waikato) and Greg Cook (University of Otago), with questions from the on-line audience, might give readers some a feel for the time and some of the factors involved in tackling a drug targeting effort, in this case for tuberculosis. It also offers … Read More

Thermoeconomics - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Sep 08, 2011

I've been following with a bit of interest the "slow-motion crisis" of the European debt.  One of its consequences is some unhealthy shifts in exchange rates - for example the soaring Swiss Franc. That hurts Swiss exporters. In the last couple of days, Switzerland has decided that this isn't acceptable and is taking drastic measures to reduce the value … Read More