By: Arthur Eisenkraft and Larry D. Kirkpatrick
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2006 Winner AEP Distinguished Achievement Award
|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book
based on 3 reviews
|Grade Level:||High School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: A snail that moves like light
|Podcast:||A wide-ranging discussion with Tomas Bunk, illustrator, and Arthur Eisenkraft, one of the authors of Quantoons: Metaphysical Illustrations, conducted by Tyson Brown, Director, New Products and Services, NSTA.
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Our reviewers—top-flight teachers and other outstanding science educators—have determined that this resource is among the best available supplements for science teaching.
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Do you crave both physics problems and captivating illustrations? If your answer is "yes", look no further! Quantoons combines challenging problems and provocative quotes with intricate drawings that mix Isaac Newton and Marie Antoinette with Romeo, Juliet, and Einstein. The book is a compilation of 58 contest problems that ran between 1991 and 2001 in Quantum magazine; a collaboration between U.S. and Russian scientists that was published by NSTA.
In addition to serving as a reader- involvement device, the problems and cartoons were intended to make inquiring minds think about physics and art in new ways—and have fun doing it.
When you open Quantoons, you’ll be instantly attracted to the colorful cartoons, densely populated with quirky characters that look like something out of MAD magazine. And no wonder: Illustrator Tomas Bunk is a regular contributor to that publication!
But when you pull yourself away from the drawings, you’ll find that they work with the text to give new context to interesting physics concepts. For example, a Quantoon that explores the classic physics problem of crossing a raging river and determining where you’ll land on the opposite shore is accompanied by a funny/sad metaphorical cartoon about traversing the river of life from birth to death.
Ideas For Use
Quantoons is a one-of-a-kind source of brain-teasing challenges and hours of entertainment. The collection makes a great gift for your classes, your fellow scientists, and yourself.
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Scientists and inventors
Conservation of energy
Newton’s laws of motion
Scientific habits of mind
Structure of matter
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, High-School Educator, Learner, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Competitions, Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Teacher content knowledge, Teaching strategies
A snail that moves like light
The leaky pendulum
What goes up
The clamshell mirrors
Shake, rattle, and roll
Sources, sinks, and gaussian spheres
The tip of the iceberg
A topless roller coaster
Row, row, row your boat
How about a date
Atwood’s marvelous machines
Thrills by design
Electricity in the air
Stop on red, go on green
Fun with liquid nitrogen
Mirror full of water
Weighing an astronaut
The first photon
Pins and spin
Boing, boing, boing
The bombs bursting in air
The nature of light
Do you promise not to tell?
Mars or bust!
A physics soufflé
Local fields forever
Around and around she goes
Depth of knowledge
Up, up and away
The eyes have it
Breaking up is hard to do
A question of complexity
Batteries and bulbs
Relativistic conservation laws
A good theory
The fundamental particles
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 25 correlations with the National Standards.
- Physical Science
- Position and motion of objects
- An object's motion can be described by tracing and measuring its position over time. (velocity) (K-4)
- Sound is produced by vibrating objects. (K-4)
- Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism
- Light can be reflected by a mirror, refracted by a lens, or absorbed by the object. (K-4)
- Electricity in circuits can produce light, heat, sound, and magnetic effects. (K-4)
- Transfer of Energy
- Light interacts with matter by transmission (including refraction), absorption, or scattering (including reflection). To see an object, light from that object—emitted by or scattered from it—must enter the eye. (5-8) (5-8)
- To see an object, light from that object--emitted by or scattered from it--must enter the eye.
- In most chemical and nuclear reactions, energy is transferred into or out of a system. (5-8)
- Motion and Forces
- Objects change their motion only when a net force is applied. Laws of motion are used to calculate precisely the effects of forces on the motion of objects. (9-12)
- Whenever one object exerts force on another, a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction is exerted on the first object. (9-12)
- Gravitation is a universal force that each mass exerts on any other mass. (9-12)
- Motion can be measured and represented on a graph.
- Conservation of energy and increase in disorder
- Energy can be transferred by collisions in chemical and nuclear reactions, by light waves and other radiations, and in many other ways. (9-12)
- All energy can be considered to be either kinetic energy, which is the energy of motion; potential energy, which depends on relative position; or energy contained by a field, such as electromagnetic waves. (9-12)
- Interactions of energy and matter
- Waves, including sound and seismic waves, waves on water, and light waves, have energy and can transfer energy when they interact with matter. (9-12)
- The energy of electromagnetic waves is carried in packets whose magnitude is inversely proportional to the wavelength. (9-12)
- Science as Inquiry
- Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
- Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
- Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
- Use mathematics in all aspects of scientific inquiry.
- Understandings about scientific inquiry
- In presenting data, graphs are used to convey comparisons or trends. (9-12)
- Mathematical tools and models guide and improve the posing of questions, gathering data, constructing explanations and communicating results. (9-12)
- History and Nature of Science
- Science as a human endeavor
- Scientists are influenced by societal, cultural, and personal beliefs and ways of viewing the world. (9-12)
- Teaching Standards
- Teachers of science plan an inquiry-based science program for their students.
- Select science content and adapt and design curricula to meet the interests, knowledge, understanding, abilities, and experiences of students.
- Teachers provide students with the time, space, and resources needed to learn science.
- Make the available science tools, materials, media, and technological resources accessible to students.
- Physical Science
- Structure and properties of matter
- History and Nature of Science
“Highlighted quotes and quirky full-page cartoon illustrations with commentary add fun and stimulation. Excellent enrichment for teachers and students.”
Curriculum Connections, School Library Journal, Fall 2006
“…Would that our textbook illustrations and chalkboard drawings were even 10 percent as creative as Quantoons! …Prepare to be intellectually stimulated and visually delighted! Enjoy Quantoons!”
Radiations, Spring 2006
||A little sample of the inside please
||Reviewed by: Christin (Gainesville, FL) on July 16, 2008
||A few examples of the type of information in the Quantoons would have helped me to assess whether the book was appropriate for middle or high school students.
||Challenging in an awesome way!
||Reviewed by: Lori Tsutsui (Jackson, MI) on July 15, 2008
||The "quantoons" can be very complicated with many implications represented. It could serve as a way of assessing how much the student recognizes physics principles. Each quantoon comes with equations and explanations which are very good.
||Excellent pictures...but not for middle school
||Reviewed by: Lauren (Blue Springs, MO) on July 15, 2008
||I bought this book to serve as a discussion piece for my students. The pictues are great, but most of them are a little to advanced for my 6th physical science students.
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