Science Review of Robots and Robotics

Overview Scientists are as fascinated by the concept of artificial intelligence as science-fiction writers are by robots and robotics. Although scientists are far from creating one with the prowess of Commander Data or the robots in Isaac Asimov’s novels, they are learning a great deal about information and the limits of artificial intelligence. Robots The […]

Science Review of the Large Hadron Collider

Overview The Large Hadron Collider is currently the world’s largest particle accelerator. It is located on the border between Switzerland and France, started up in 2008 and shut down for repairs in 2013. It is scheduled to restart in March of 2015, the International Year of Light. What Is It? The European Organization for Nuclear […]

Science Review of Teleportation

Overview Teleportation, or using the transporter, is a wonderful method of transportation in science fiction and fantasy. Wouldn’t it be great to avoid traffic jams and complicated connections by whisking one’s atoms from one place to another? According to quantum theory and the Uncertainty Principle, it may not be possible yet on a large scale. […]

Physics Review of Light and Invisibility

  Overview Visible light is a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum, which extends from radio waves to gamma rays. All frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum obey similar laws, so that they can travel through some substances, bend around others, and stop by others that block their travel. The properties of the electromagnetic system, as […]

Math and Physics Review of Football

Overview The matchup between NFC West Champion Seattle Seahawks and AFC East Champion New England Patriots promises thrilling gridiron action during Super Bowl XLIX. Behind the scenes, principles of math and physics determine the shape of the ball itself, the running game, the passing game, and the kicking game. Footballs and Ellipses Many sports from […]

General Review of the SAT

Overview The SAT is a standardized test that is primarily used for college admissions testing. It is a part of life for many high-school juniors and seniors, and an important part of the package that prospective college students provide to admissions officers. The test has a long history in the United States, and is especially […]

Review of Setting Goals for the SAT

Overview One of the ways to guide preparation for the SAT is for students to set goals for their performance. Goals should be SMART; specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. They can be set with help from teachers and tutors to bolster problem areas and support strengths. Specific Goals Guided by Practice Most students have years […]

Science Review of Minerals

Overview Minerals make up rocks. They are natural rather than synthetic, inorganic, and solid. Minerals have a distinct crystalline structure and chemical composition. Types of Elements The most common elements that are naturally found in the earth’s crust are oxygen, silicon, aluminum, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. Other elements are much less common. Although […]