Week of November 11, 2007

Featuring Physics

Welcome to Physics 2000, where the mind can journey through modern physics at www.colorado.edu/physics/
. Open the door to the Atomic Lab where the truth behind many eye-fooling
experiments is unveiled. Learn important basics of physics at Science Trek. Here, newbies can brush up on atoms, polarization and electromagnetic waves. Einstein's Legacy invites you to visit with Professor Lee and find out how knowledge and technology have enabled us to create things like X-rays. Science is always worth celebrating.

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What element does “Kr” represent?



What is the highest continent on Earth?



Who wrote “Life of Abraham Lincoln” in 1994?
Isaac Arnold
Bob Wright
Tom Barry



Journey Into the Cold

Grab your winter jacket and get ready to chill at Passport to Antarctica, http://passporttoknowledge.
. Antarctica is one of the most remote places on our planet. Get a good look at the land and see how beautiful and peaceful this continent can be. Even though Antarctica might seem like the last place life could thrive, many animals live there. Read all about penguins, seals, whales, fish and birds to find out more. Click on New & Now for glossary terms and updates that will keep you posted on Antarctic life. Cool!

Honest Abe's Lessons

The Lincoln Institute welcomes you to Abraham Lincoln's Classroom at www.abrahamlincolns
. Visit the Map Room where you can see where Abe grew up and check out the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. If you enjoy humor like Lincoln did, boogie on over to the Cartoon Corner where art exhibits feature jokes, even some at the president's expense. For extensive Lincoln research, enter the Library where you can find speeches, Lincoln biographies, timelines and more. Get to know this special president.

What is your favorite vacation spot? Why?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How do I type faster? — Sierra, Howell, Mich.

Dear Sierra: Good typing habits make a huge difference in your typing speed. Before I learned how to type, I pecked around the keyboard with one or two fingers. It took me forever to type anything! Now I know how to type without looking, but it took a lot of practice. The keyboarding class I took emphasized typing accurately instead of quickly. We learned to type with our left fingers on the a, s, d, and f keys. Our right fingers would rest on the j, k, l, and ; keys. Then we placed our thumbs on the space bar. From there, you can touch any other key by reaching your fingers up, over or back.

Everyone tried to type without looking at their fingers, but some people who had trouble found it helpful to tape a piece of paper on their keyboard and type with their hands under the paper. We spent our class time doing typing drills, but if I wanted to practice at home, I liked to play online typing games. One of my favorites can be found at www.shockwave.com/gamelanding/typershark.jsp. You’ll be a typing master before you know it!

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