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ICITA 2004
Orlando Section Monthly
SCOOP, March 2003
Published for IEEE Section Chairs
Vicki Waldman, Editor; Tracy Hawkins, Manager Section/Chapter Support

* Important Deadline Reminder
* Wanted, Arrears Members, Bounty Offered!
* IEEE Pre-College Activity
* 300 IEEE Sections
* Brain Teaser Column
Rebates will not be available for required annual reports received after 30
June 2003. If your Section has not yet submitted 2002 meeting and
financial activity reports and a list of officers for 2003, please do so as
soon as possible. Forms and information can be found at Questions can be directed to Peggy Kovacs
at or call +1 732 562 5513.
All members in Regions 1 through 10 who did not renew their IEEE membership
for 2003 were placed into arrears as of 21 February 2003. We are asking
all IEEE Sections to participate in an effort to recover these members, and
we're offering an incentive for you to do so.
Under this new program each Section will receive $5.00 for each full dues
paying arrears member they are able to recover between now and 31 August
2003. Payment under the program is limited to the recovery of full dues
paying members (no incentive rebate will be paid for recovered members
renewing under a reduced dues program, such as Students, Unemployed,
Retired, Life Members, Minimum Income, etc.). However, Sections are also
encouraged to contact arrears members in these other dues categories and
solicit their renewal as well.
Here are the program guidelines:
* Section volunteers are encouraged to contact members in arrears through
email, regular mail, telephone and/or fax and encourage them to renew their
* To receive credit under this program, arrears members are required to
renew their membership through the web at the following URL:
* Sections will receive $5 each for the recovery of any full dues paying
members during the period of 10 March through 31 August 2003.
* Arrears members who wish to pay their dues by a method other than credit
card may still use the online web application form, but rather than
entering a credit card number after completing the form, they can print and
mail the completed form with their payment instead. (Those paying via
credit card, of course, can simply submit the renewal application
electronically once they have completed the online form.)
* The results of the pilot program will be distributed through the SCOOP
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* Payments for successful recoveries under this program will be included in
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Interested Section volunteers can request a listing of all their arrears
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conducting their outreach. For these items, or more information regarding
this project, please contact Felicia Taylor at
Does your Section interact with your local school system or get involved
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The newest Sections are the Russia (Northwest) Section and the Russia
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"Resources for Officers", then "Reference Materials," or go straight to
Brain Teaser Challenge Solution - February 2002 Butch Shadwell
Last month we talked about a woodworking problem that involved using a
wedge, one example of a simple machine, to force a dado joint to seat
properly. The joint needed 200 pounds of force to seat and we wanted the
carpenter to have to apply only 25 pounds of effort. In this case there
was no friction between the wedge and either surface. The first part of
the question was "What is the angle at the tip of the wedge to produce this
effect?" Since we are talking about an 8 to 1 mechanical advantage, the
tangent of this angle must be .125 (i.e. 1/8). When one looks up the
arctangent of this value we see that this angle is approximately 7.1
degrees. The second part of the question was to calculate how far the
wedge had to be inserted to move the load 1 inch. As with all most simple
machines we exchange and increase in force applied to the load for a
proportionally lower amount of displacement. So, it would take eight
inches of wedge movement to move the load one inch. But I bet you already
knew that.
Brain Teaser Challenge - March 2003 Butch Shadwell
Humans consider themselves pretty highly evolved. After all, we are the
masters of this planet, even if it is really only a spec of dust in the
universe of matter. We get to run things around here.
Well I guess the laws of physics really get the last word as far as
physical reality is concerned. If I have a bar magnet and I measure the
lines of force 2cm from one end directly along the axis of the magnet, and
I get 80 gauss, what should I read at 4cm if all other fields and
influences are cancelled? For extra credit, how many gauss make a tesla?
Reply to Butch Shadwell by March 20 at

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