International Scholastic Journal of Science
Volume 10, Issue 1, January-December, 2016
From the Editor
With the beginning of the new school year, we publish three more papers. We are excited that two of these are by student authors from other schools. One of them, investigating the effect of wind speed on cooling rate, is by Shrey Aryan from the Doon School in Inda, while the second, looking at the how temperature affects the tuning of percussion instruments, is by César Díez Factor from IES Lancia in Spain. We are proud of these two authors as they worked hard to do something that few secondary school students consider possible. The other paper we publish this month is by Alan Michelin, of International School Bangkok, looking at how saxophone reeds affect sound quality. This paper was capably edited by Dolev Illouz. We congratulate all the authors on their first published papers, and encourage secondary school student scientists from around the world to consider submitting their original research to the ISJOS for consideration for publication.
The publication of this paper marks an important step for our Journal. The ISJOS grew out of the International School Bangkok Journal of Science as an attempt to encourage secondary students at other schools to conduct and publish original scientific research. This paper, by Kosuke Kanehisa of Yokohama International School, is the first paper to be published in our journal by a student from another school. Congratulations to both Mr. Kanehisa and to the ISJOS, for this milestone! We look forward to publishing more papers from students from around the world.
We are proud to publish our two most recent papers. The first, edited by Juwon Kim, looks at how temperature affects the bounce of a table tennis ball, and the second, edited by Ryan Xu, extends our understanding of drums by describing the relationship between impact energy and sound intensity of the traditional Thai drum, the Klong Tad. This paper finds similarities and differences between the Klong Tad and the Bongo, described by Sethapakdi in Volume 9 of the Journal.
We continue to demonstrate that research done in secondary school science courses can contribute to global scientific knowledge and progress. Recently, A. Georgallas and G. Landry published a paper in the Canadian Journal of Physics in which they develop a theoretical model for the coefficient of restitution of a bouncing ball. They credit the empirical fit used by ISJOS authors in several papers as the stimulus for developing a theoretical model. Our papers were the starting point for the development of a new, small corner of investigation: understanding how balls bounce!
We start our second year of publishing the International Scholastic Journal of Science with a paper describing the Coanda Effect for a cylindrical airstream encountering a cylindrical surface. Thanks to Associate Editors Dolev Illouz and Chanhyeok Yim for guiding this paper through the publishing process.
With the recent publication of my paper describing the research and publishing program of which the ISJOS is a part, we are looking forward to more secondary science students from around the world submitting their research for publication in the journal.