This exercise is intended to focus your attention on the people whose
work made physics what it is. You are expected to choose one of the scientists
whose names are listed below. Prepare a biographical sketch of your scientist.
I am interested in the scientists professional accomplishments as
well as his/her personal life A written summary of your remarks, on the
order of two pages in length, will be due at the beginning of class at a
date to be determined. You may deliver you work on paper or file it electronically
at my email address found on the Preface page at the beginning of this web
site. It should be written in the style prescribed by the English department.
Be sure to include a bibliography of sources of information and include
web site addresses as necessary.
Students in other classes may be doing similar work on your scientist. It is my expectation that each of you will work independently of the others. Failure to meet this expectation will result in no credit being awarded for your effort. This activity is worth one-half of one exam this ranking period. Additionally, I will award 10 points on your next test if you prepare a suitable oral sumarry of your work to the entire class.
|Ludwig Boltzmann||Herman von Helmholtz||James Prescott Joule|
|Rudolf Clausius||Ernst Mach||Julius Mayer|
|Sadi Carnot||Wilhelm Ostwald||James Watt|
|Josiah Willard Gibbs||Benjamin Thompson|
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