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family2012The following ideas about science were gleaned from essays, exams, and classroom discussions.  Most were from 5th and 6th graders.

Q:  What is one horsepower?
A:  One horsepower is the amount of energy it takes to drag a horse 500 feet in one second.

The law of gravity says no fair jumping up without coming back down.

When people run around and around in circles we say they are crazy.  When planets do it we say they are orbiting.

South America has cold summers and hot winters, but somehow they still manage.

Most books now say our sun is a star.  But it still knows how to change back into a sun in the daytime.

Water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees.  There are 180 degrees between freezing and boiling because there are 180 degrees between north and south.

Vacuums are nothings.  We only mention them to let them know we know they're there.

Some oxygen molecules help fires burn while others help make water, so sometimes it's brother against brother.

Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun.  But I have never been able to make out the numbers.

We say the cause of perfume disappearing is evaporation.  Evaporation gets blamed for a lot of things people forget to put the top on.

To most people solutions mean finding the answers.  But to chemists solutions are things that are still all mixed up.

I am not sure how clouds get formed.  But the clouds know how to do it, and that is the important thing.

Water vapor gets together in a cloud.  When it is big enough to be called a drop, it does.

Isotherms and isobars are even more important than their names sound.

It is so hot in some places that the people there have to live in other places.

Genetics explain why you look like your father and if you don't why you should.

Oh, the wisdom of children!  I especially like that last one.  I would say that, in a similar way, the Bible explains why those of you who are Christians look like your Father, and if you don't why you should!

That's our goal, isn't it?  To learn to love as He first loved us.  To have the kind of patience that He has shown with us through the years.  To grow in the wisdom to make right choices, as He is perfectly wise.  To be holy, just as He is holy.

"Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48).

Here's a personal question to cause you some reflection:  When people look at you, do they see the family resemblance?

Alan Smith