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Depth Versus Breadth

As students progress through the later years of their grade-school education, they gradually get to make some choices about the subjects they study. When they enter the post-secondary world the possible directions they see before them become far more numerous … Continue reading

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The Physics of Sailing

On Canada Day I saw a young boy playing with a small RC boat in the Harris Yacht Pond near Holland Point here in Victoria, BC. This got me thinking about full-size sail boats, how they work, and what I … Continue reading

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Low Return on Investment

Months ago, I wrote a post that included a link to an article about university degrees that tend to lead to careers that pay well. This article from Yahoo Education does the opposite. It lists five majors that are associated … Continue reading

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Victoria Teaching Resource to Close

The most disappointing thing I read this week was this story about cutbacks at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (HIA), more commonly referred to here in Victoria as simply “the observatory”. As a math and physics tutor I often ask … Continue reading

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What to Do with All that Math and Physics?

Nearly all of the students I have tutored in math and physics plan to go on to university or have already done so. For some of them, those subjects were merely obstacles to be overcome and then abandoned at the … Continue reading

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