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How Physics Teachers Learned to Love the Laser
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 6:30 PM -7:00 PM
  Author: Thomas Greenslade, Jr., Kenyon College
740-427-2989, Greenslade@kenyon.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: One can become almost incoherent trying to remember how we taught physics without the laser. In April 1963 the first issue of The Physics Teacher appeared, and the journal soon began to carry seductive advertisements for lasers showing how the physics teacher could use this wonderful new device in the lecture room and the laboratory. Two years later the Kenyon College physics department paid $1,650 for a relatively short-lived laser, and I was hooked. In this talk I will use advertisements from TPT to show how the prices decreased and our expertise in using the laser increased. Soon it became as indispensible to teaching physics as a multimeter or a meter stick.
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