By Clifford D. Conner
We know the background of technological know-how that we realized from grade university textbooks: How Galileo used his telescope to teach that the earth used to be no longer the guts of the universe; how Newton divined gravity from the falling apple; how Einstein unlocked the mysteries of time and area with an easy equation. This historical past is made from lengthy classes of lack of awareness and confusion, punctuated as soon as an age through a super philosopher who places all of it jointly. those few tower over the standard mass of individuals, and within the conventional account, it truly is to them that we owe technological know-how in its entirety. This trust is incorrect. A People's heritage of technology indicates how traditional humans perform growing technology and feature performed so all through historical past. It records how the improvement of technological know-how has affected traditional humans, and the way traditional humans perceived that improvement. it might be unsuitable to assert that the formula of quantum concept or the constitution of DNA might be credited on to artisans or peasants, but when glossy technology is likened to a skyscraper, then these twentieth-century triumphs are the subtle filigrees at its top which are supported by means of the large starting place created via the remainder of us.
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But it also has a serious purpose: to teach the effect of angle of projection on the trajectory and horizontal range of a projectile. Hopefully students will discover for themselves that 45 degrees gives maximum range, without the need for any 'trig'. They will also find that this is not always the best angle to use (there is a 'mountain' in the way) . PROC/FN List 400 PROCland draws the landscape with gun turrets at the points (LGUNX%,LY%) and (RGUNX%, RY%) . 550 PROCplot plots the shells trajectory and checks for a hit on the ground or a gun turret.
The SOUND channel (C), amplitude (A), pitch (P) and duration (D) have values assigned in line 420. REACTION TIMING ("REACTION") Apart from being a useful program which allows the investigation of the subject's reaction time and its possible dependence on the type of stimulus used, "REACTION" illustrates the use of the user port and the storage of experimental data as files on tape or disk. To protect the keyboard from over-enthusiastic subjects who can be inclined to give it a bashing, the program uses a separate push-button switch connected to the 'B7' line of the user port see chapter 3 for connection details.