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Mar 15, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 6)

The Science of Spectroscopy

URL:scienceofspecroscopy.info
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A site that starts with the musical question, "What is a WIKI," the Science of Spectroscopy site is a part of the Open Spectrum WIKI effort that represents an interesting attempt to build collaborative education projects. As defined at the site, a WIKI "can be thought of as a combination of a Web site and a Word document." It is a document to which multiple registered users can contribute and for which history can be tracked. The document is visible on the Web and can be easily viewed in a browser. The idea here is that teachers can register as users to be given editing permission and students can read the results. Topic areas covered include a wide variety of applications, techniques, and theory relative to spectroscopy. The writing is good and appropriate for students in college. An excellent educational effort that I will use with some of my classes.
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