Carl Martikean at IIT

This lesson was created as a part of the SMART website and is hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology

  Summer 2000 was the first time that Illinois Institute of Technology offered the SMART program. The goal is to assist teachers develop interactive science and mathematics lessons and to make these available on the internet for anyone to access. I was lucky enough to be asked to serve as a teacher-mentor. The program was better received than anyone had anticipated.  Again I was asked to assist in the Fall and Spring Semesters.  We had more response than we had workstations in the classroom. So it was that two sections were offered in Summer 2001. And they too were packed. Now on to the fall semester!

My regular teaching assignment is both physics and Cisco Networking Academy at the Lew Wallace High School, a part of the Gary Community School Corporation. What a year this last one (2000-2001) was exciting.  I received Train-the-Trainer training from Gary’s Staff Development department. This allowed me to teach over 40 of my Lew Wallace colleagues HTML.  Later, the system asked me to instruct both a basic and advanced Windows 98 as well as basic and intermediate Internet Explorer to Lew Wallace faculty and staff. I assisted in the development of the corporations email training package.  I and several of my Cisco Academy students were selected to participate in the State of Indiana’s School to Work Final report. I have to admit that this is the proudest accomplishment for the year.

 This has really been a great year. I am actively studying for the Cisco CCNA certification as well as A+ and Microsoft Access certifications and have entered the world of javascript.


My first lesson is an astronomy lesson. 
Actually it is the Stepwise Approximation of an
Orbit.  If you would like to take a look-just  click.

If you would like to take a look at a Free Fall lesson click here instead 
This lesson begins with Aristotle and Galileo. The experiment itself is a 
demonstration of Galileo's definition of acceleration. I have added a 
spreadsheet analysis of actual student data. However, I leave the 
formulae up to you. Your students will learn that even though there is 
some error there is a steady acceleration. Under very careful  conditions 
your value for gravity can be achieved within a few percentage points.

Well here I am again and this time we are looking at Boyle's law.
     I am taking a new approach this time and making  the lesson 
more authentic. Drop me a line and let me know how you like it.

I have again used the lesson plan format first introduced in the lesson on Boyle's Law.
This time we are looking at Charles Law.  I have included two experiments.  The lesson itself is 
suitable from upper grade school through high school.  If you teach advance Chemistry or 
Physics, give yopur students the challenge of collecting data when the water temperature is 
below the room temperature.  This would be a good way to see just how well they understand
both the concept and the procedure.  Have fun!

Welcome to my current lesson!  Here we are again and this time we are going to look at the 
fundamental building block of the universe- matter.  More specifically, we will look at some 
of matter's physical properties.  The primary properties we will address are 1) mass, 
2) volume, 3) density and specific gravity,  4) boiling point, 5) melting point, and 6) specific heat.



Drop me a line and let me know what you think.


Carl Martikean.