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Fabric of the Universe Resources

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OVERVIEW: Observation is an important part of science and yet it is seldom taught in science courses. Many examples of poor science arise because people honestly report what they see, and yet their reports are flawed because they do not understand how their visual system can be fooled. Understanding perception is necessary to help us understand how there can be so many incorrect pseudoscientific reports in the media. This course will explore the nature of science and human perception, examine particles and forces that make up the universe, and probe the boundaries to scientific knowledge. The field of quantum physics has extremely salient intersections with the Buddhist theory of Interdependent Origination, a profound teaching in Buddhism on the causality of perception and phenomena. Interactive lectures and activities will explore connections between the two traditions. Monastics have deep questions about the atomic world and will have an increased capacity to discuss the profound findings of quantum physics as a result of the course.

Teaching Slides (Power Point)


  1. Fabric of the Universe: Matter and More



Hands-on Activities

  1. 1. Genie Grabber (2 pages)
  2. 2. Edible Candle (2 pages)
  3. 3. Marilyn Einstein (2 pages)
  4. 4. Grey Step (5 pages)
  5. 5. Feel Temperature (2 pages)
  6. 6. Millet by the Million (1 pages)
  7. 7. Light Walk
  8. 8. Two Slit Experiment (1 pages)
  9. 9. Bird in a Cage (1 pages)
  10. 10. Colored Shadows (2 page)
  11. 11. CD Spectrometer (3 pages)
  12. 12. Pinhole Viewer (1 pages)
  13. 13. Personal Pinhole Theater (4 pages)
  14. 14. Scaling an Atom (2) pages)
  15. 15. Flying Hydra (2 pages)
  16. 16. Tape Electroscope (2 pages)
  17. 17. Where's North (3 pages)
  18. 18. Magnetic Poles (2 pages)
  19. 19. Motor Effect (2 pages)
  20. 20. Stripped Down Motor (3 pages)
  21. 21. Stripped Down Generator (4 pages)
  22. 22. Shadow Panel (3 pages)
  23. 23. Light Energy and Color
  24. 24. Modulated LED (4 pages)
  25. 25. States of Matter Dance (1 page)
  26. 26. Electrolysis
  27. 27. Saltwater Battery (2 pages)


Videos

  1. (All videos are in English unless otherwise stated)

Short Video Clips (Used in Classroom)

  1. 1. Brownian Motion Model - MOV (1.5 MB)
  2. 2. Feather and Hammer dropped on the Moon - MOV (2 MB)
  3. 3. First Law - MOV (122.3 KB)
  4. 4. Gallileo's Lanter - MOV (24.6 KB)
  5. 5. Gas Model - MOV (3.1 MB)
  6. 6. Honda the Cog - MOV (7.3 MB)

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