The mid-nineteenth century in England was a period of considerable social upheaval produced by widespread economic, political, and technological shifts. The decades following the Napoleonic wars brought repeated class conflicts and economic depressions as well as continual expansion of British imperial interests and increasing industrialization. The 1850s, in particular, were a period of intense social redefinition in England. The widespread introduction of steam power into manufacturing brought about what many have identified as the Second Industrial Revolution.
What kind of conception should students have of constantly increasing speed? This is a central research question that this study is attempting to address. Beginning in the 8th grade, students are being asked to solve Algebra and Physics problems involving constantly increasing speed. However, this is a very complex concept.
In the children’s story The Wizard of Oz Dorothy, the main character, exclaims as she’s walking through woods that scare her, “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” When our composition students show up on the first day of classes they often feel like exclaiming a 21st century version of Dorothy’s lament. Looking like deer that have been caught […]
Incandescent light is more than a light bulb. It requires complex systems of related technologies—switches, circuit breakers, meters, and power lines; transformers, power stations, and generators. It also requires multiple systems of human cooperation, action and meaning–power companies, government regulators, consumers, manufacturers of equipment, bill collectors, accountants, rate payers, electric sign designers and people reading by […]