Summer Solstice 2019 in Wooster Hall

As we have done in past years, a small group of those interested came to Wooster Hall to observe the skylight lights cross over the staircase at Solar Noon (at 12:58:16 EDT). This year the actual Solstice (at 11:54 EDT)…

Figure 2: Pennies after cleaning.

Cleaning Pennies with Taco Sauce

I have been collecting old pennies for a science experiment.   (The composition of the penny changed in 1982, which changed the weight slightly, and I will soon have a student exercise that makes use of that weight difference.  Stay tuned…) …

Vernal Equinox 2019

What a difference a year makes. Last year I made a time-lapse video of the Vernal equinox in Wooster Hall by standing next to a wall and taking a photo about once a minute for an hour. This year I…

YSZ-4 Electronic Clock

YSC-4 Electronic Clock

I’ve just completed building a small electronic clock from a kit, the YSC-4 kit from HiLetgo, which I was able to purchase from Amazon1 for under $9.   My interest in this kit was to find something simple that is nevertheless…

PODS (Portable On Demand Storage) units.

Welding Ventilation Estimate

I have been investigating the requirements for students to be able to weld on campus, which is needed for our Baja SAE team, for projects for our Engineering Senior Design course, and for other various engineering projects.  One of the…

Wooster Hall from above.

Wooster Hall Rooftop Mystery

A few weeks ago I visited Wooster Hall with a time-lapse camera to try to see what happens to the light from the skylight over the main staircase at solar noon on the Winter Solstice.  I was a few days…

Wooster Hall skylight on 18 December 2018

Winter Solstice in Wooster Hall

Wooster Hall at SUNY New Paltz has a neat feature:  the main staircase is aligned directly North/South, and skylights are positioned above it so that at solar noon on the equinoxes the bottom of the staircase is illuminated by four…

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