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Charles Russell III
Works at San Antonio College
Attended Texas A&M University
Lives in San Antonio, TX
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"I hear, I forget
I see, I remember
I do, I understand."

- Anon
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I shared this with my buddies in facebook, and I thought it would be a bit entertaining over here.  I stumble across a mind buster book, I intended to use for my problem solving class but failed to implement it since I was reassigned to teach only "crash course" physics.  
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A great video from Goddard Space Flight Center about the aftermath of the Cheylabinsk Meteor. Using data from an atmospheric and meteorology satellite they were able to track the cloud of meteor dust as it traveled around the entire planet. Awesome interaction of space and Earth.
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A nearby star exploded last night*!

*technically it exploded a long time ago, and we are just now seeing it unfold)

https://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=31928
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Rifftrax Live Presents Starship Troopers
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Another disruptive idea from Elon Musk: his "fifth form of transportation" was revealed today. Way more detailed than expected was provided in the technical details of the pdf.
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As an entrance test for a university you are given a corked bottle with a coin in it. Your task is to remove the coin without taking the cork out of the bottle or breaking the glass, or boring a hole in the cork or glass. 
How do you pass the test and get the coin out? 
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tomorrow, going back to training.  I'm not exactly back at 100% capacity, and a bit nervous with my wrist.  Nonetheless, what the hell. . . Fear is mind killer.  
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The summer semester brought in some great, and interesting tales.  Moreover, important lessons from teaching with the Active Learning Materials.  Overall, I had a brilliant University Physics I section.  I wish them luck in their future endeavors.  I make a blog about this some time in the week.  Which reminds me, I have to resurrect my website.  Too much work, and so little time to accomplish.  Just one step at a time, and keep a cool head... plus, RELAX.  If you don't mind, I'm going to relieve some anger management in some forms practice and some Soul Calibur/Tekken fun  ;)
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The Magellanic Stream
Credit: Science - +NASA, +European Space Agency, ESA, A. Fox, P. Richter et al. 
Image - D. Nidever et al., NRAO/AUI/NSF, A. Mellinger, LAB Survey, Parkes, Westerbork, and Arecibo Obs.
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130815.html

In an astronomical version of the search for the source of the Nile, astronomers now have strong evidence for the origin of the Magellanic Stream. This composite image shows the long ribbon of gas, discovered at radio wavelengths in the 1970s, in pinkish hues against an optical all-sky view across the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. Both Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, dwarf satellite galaxies of the the Milky Way, are seen near the head of the stream at the right. Data from Hubble's Cosmic Origins Spectrograph were used to explore abundances of elements along sitelines to quasars that intersect the stream. The results indicate that most of the stream's material comes from the Small Magellanic Cloud. The Magellanic Stream is likely the result of gravitational tidal interactions between the two dwarf galaxies some 2 billion years ago, the Small Magellanic Cloud losing more material in the encounter because of its lower mass.
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"I had become thoroughly disillusioned by the ineffectiveness of the large general lecture courses of which I had seen so much in Europe and also in Columbia, and felt that a collegiate course in which laboratory problems and assigned quiz problems carried the thread of the course could be made to yield much better training, at least in physics.  I started with the idea of making the whole course self-contained... I abolished the general lectures.  This general method of teaching... has been followed in all the courses in which I have been in any way connected since."  

- Robert Millikan, et al 1950
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"The principle of science, the definition almost, is the following:  The test of all knowledge is experiment. . .  But what is the source of knowledge?  Where do the laws that are to be tested come from?  Experiment, itself, helps to produce these laws, in the sense that it gives us hints.  But also needed is imagination to create from these hints the great generalization - to guess at the wonderful, simple, but very strange patterns beneath them all, and then to experiment to check again whether we have made the right guess."

Richard Feynman, The Feynman Lectures on Physics
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Physics Instructor
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  • San Antonio College
    Adjunct Instructor - Physics, 2011 - present
  • SRC, Inc.
    Electronic Warfare Engineer, 2014 - present
  • ITT Technical Institute
    Adjunct Instructor, 2010 - 2014
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I am an experienced physics instructor in a post-secondary institute, where I teach calculus-based studio physics 1 and 2. My broad experience and knowledge in science, along with my organizational and problem solving skills, serve me well in the educational and industry environment. In my past time, I enjoy training and honing my skills in taekwondo. In addition, I enjoy the adventures of hiking and climbing. Moreover, I indulge myself in literature and music.
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  • Texas A&M University
    M.S., Physics, 2006 - 2009
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
    B.S., Physics and Mathematics, 2001 - 2006
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