3rd meeting of the global physics department
I’m a bit late in writing up the notes from our last meeting of the global physics department, but Andy has posted a recording of everything, and we’ve now got the posterous website up and running so that you can read about everything we’re trying to do.
This week, I gave a short introduction to Tracker Video Analysis, a super powerful, free, java based video analysis program that allows you to very advanced video analysis, including tools to analyze videos where the camera is panning and/or zooming. In addition, it can even serve as a spectrometer, if you give it a photograph of a line spectrum.
One of the best ways to see all you can do with tracker (and get some ideas for some advanced labs) is to check out the Tracker Sampler, which lets you run a variety of different experiments and simulations.
One other note about tracker for mac users: currently, I’m having trouble opening video files with the latest version of tracker (4.0), and a few others have reported similar problems (it won’t open movie files). I’m emailing with the author of the program Doug Brown (did I mention that support is incredible?), and in the meantime, he suggests you use the older version (3.1—link here).
I hope you can join us next Wednesday (4/6) at 9:30pm EST, when Next meeting: 4/6/2011 at 9:30pm EST, JT Miller will discuss using social media (Twitter, Facebook and Youtube) in his physics classes.