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think will interest their classmates. The remarks made by students indicate that a large number of them read the periodicals with more or less regularity, as they call attention to facts almost immediately upon publication. Formerly it was found desirable to arrange for rates for the different periodicals giving the students the benefit of the ordinary agents' discount. Lately, however, the publishers have discouraged this practice, as they feel that it conflicts with the interests of regular agents. At the present time, therefore, student agents are recommended to any publisher who desires to bring his periodical to the notice of the engineering students. Through the efforts of Professor H. Wade Hibbard, of the Sibley College faculty, an excellent periodical room was established some years ago and reading tables with magazine racks are located in an attractive part of the Sibley College buildings. These tables are usually filled during the term time and the students appear to examine the magazines diligently. In some departments, systematic seminary work is conducted among the undergraduates, but in the department of electrical engineering, on account of the large number of students, this is found at present impracticable. In the graduate seminary, however, considerable attention is paid to the periodical literature.
The technical papers contain too much material to be assimilated by undergraduate students and they are apt to be discouraged by its very abundance. They are not prepared to appreciate the highly technical articles and the descriptive articles are usually too elaborate for their purposes. The digests of engineering literature, such as that published in the Electrical World, are of the utmost value. Any student should be able to read the abstracts of the articles which interest him most, and if time permit he can go to the original source of the information for further details. The problem is how to encourage the students to do this regularly, and further how to conserve the results of the study so that it may be of practical use to them. If the discussion can bring out some points regarding this matter they will be appreciated by all of the engineering teachers present.
PROFESSOR WHITE: In some of our departments each senior is required to subscribe for a technical journal which he is responsible for indexing. These papers are kept in the department reading-room and are common property while there. The index cards are uniform in style and arrangement and copies are kept in the university library and in some cases in the library of the Western Society of Engineers in Chicago. We do not class this as seminary work and no credit is given for it.
PROFESSOR BRACKETT: I give one hour credit to junior and senior students for journal reading. I assign an article or more to each student at one of the weekly meetings. The next week each student is expected to have a suitable résumé of the reading assigned him and also to be prepared to answer any questions on the subject that may arise in discussion. As many as possible are asked to report each week. PROFESSOR CHATBURN: We frequently ask our students toward the end of the semester to bring the textbook down- or up-to-date. If we are using a certain man's textbook published six or seven years ago, we ask our students to write an additional chapter for that textbook, using information which they can get from journals, magazines and other textbooks.
THE BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT OF THE ROCKEFELLER PHYSICAL LABORATORY OF THE CASE SCHOOL OF
BY DAYTON C. MILLER,
A gift from Mr. John D. Rockefeller, made about two years ago, enabled me to materialize some plans I had long been making; the result is this building, which has been completed about six months. Really it is not yet quite completed as far as equipment is concerned. I wish very briefly to explain some general principles underlying the arrangement and equipment, after which you are invited to inspect the laboratories.
The purpose of the building is first to provide for the instruction of classes of two hundred and fifty students in general physics, including lectures, recitations and laboratory work. This determined some of the larger parts of the building. It has three floors and an attic, but no basement. The dimensions are 75 feet by 132 feet.
The work in general physics is provided for by a lecture room seating 250, with a preparation room adjacent, and by three recitation rooms, on the third floor; by a general laboratory consisting of one large room and four smaller rooms accommodating about 65 at one time, on the second floor; and by a locker room for 204, and a lavatory, on the first floor.