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July 30-August 3, 2011
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Physics and the Sewing Machine
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 7:20 PM -7:30 PM
  Author: Courtney Willis, University of Northern Colorado
351 2961,
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Few products of the industrial revolution have had as much impact on modern society as the sewing machine. The sewing machine, sometimes referred to as the "Queen of Inventions," was the first home appliance but it also brought us the "American System" of manufacturing with interchangeable parts, ready to wear clothing, the modern department store, the time payment plan, and the sweat shop. Introduced in the mid 1800s, the scientifically inclined were kept informed of each new development in the pages of "The Scientific American," and by the turn of the 20th century high school physics curriculum was being developed utilizing the sewing machine. Since most schools had little scientific apparatus and the sewing machine was rather ubiquitous, many hands-on activities were designed around the sewing machine for use in physics classrooms.
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