Spring 2015 Conference – April 24/25 – PASCO; registration is now open

PASCO is hosting our spring 2015 conference at their headquarters in Roseville. In addition to our usual amazing speakers, share and tell, and networking, we will also have the opportunity to see “behind the scenes” at PASCO and see some of their latest implements for our classrooms. We are also pleased to have Alex Filippenko, famed Berkeley astronomer/astrophysicist, as our keynote speaker.

As usual, we will have a Friday evening social and brief program. PASCO will give a brief presentation on their history and some of their recent product developments (click the “View details” link below for more details).

Saturday will include a Poster Session (introduced with a great success at our conference last fall at CCSF), share and tell, discussion groups, our keynote speaker, and another option for tours of PASCO for those who couldn’t attend Friday evening (click the “View details” link below for more details). Lunch and breakfasty snacks are included with registration.

The complete schedule is available on our registration page, so click here now :-)

 

Modeling Instruction workshops: Summer 2015

AMTA logoFor those who have been looking for Modeling Instruction workshops, this summer there are several opportunities for you in California (as well as in-state tuition for classes at Arizona State University). Read more »

Group photo from City College of San Francisco

Group photo from City College of San Francisco, November 15, 2014

Group photo from City College of San Francisco November 15, 2014

Click photo for enlargement. The photo is sized for 4″x6″ photo printing.

Fall 2014 conference at City College of San Francisco

ISEE-3 Reboot Project logoOur fall 2014 meeting will be at the City College of San Francisco this November. There will be a social event on the night of the 14th followed by a full day on Saturday the 15th. Our keynote speaker will be Dennis Wingo of the ISEE-3 Reboot Team, a group of space enthusiasts who are attempting (with good progress) to revive a NASA space probe launched in 1978.

Registration is now open here.

Call for Posters is here

Our draft schedule is below the page-jump

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App Share-a-thon from AAPT in Minneapolis

apps presented at Share-a-thon

The following links are in the order they were presented.

Error Calc screenshot

Error Calc screenshot from an iPhone

  • Tom Huber. Personal iPhone app; ErrorCalc website
  • Frequency Meter Pro; Analyzes frequency of sounds ($1.99 iOS, $3.66 Android)
  • Decibal 10th (decibal meter) (Free)
  • Ripple Tank (Free and $5.99 versions)
  • Sensor Log; accesses and displays all iPhone/pad sensors; can record data as .csv that can easily be analyzed in a spreadsheet. App allows for higher frequency than device actually collects, so be careful that you’re not collecting “junk” between phone collections. (iOS and Android versions available) Read more »

AAPT National meetings through February 2017

If you are interested in planning your vacations around AAPT National Meeting/Conferences (or if you’d just like to attend), here are the upcoming dates and locations (note that in July 2016 it will be in our section!):

  • AAPT logoWinter 2015: San Diego, 3-6 Jan 2015
  • Summer 2015: College Park, Md, 25-29 Jul 2015
  • Winter 2016: New Orleans, 9-12 Jan 2016
  • Summer 2016: Sacramento, 16-20 July 2016
  • Winter 2017: Atlanta, 18-21 Feb 2017

Note that Winter Meetings are now four days, and Summer Meetings are five days. The first two days of summer meetings are generally workshops; for the Winter Meetings the workshops have been limited to one-and-a-half days. Read more »

Registration for August PTSOS Now Open!

The next PTSOS meeting will be on August 23 at Los Gatos High School from 9 to 4.

Our format is informal, flexible, and friendly. We like to think that everyone leaves the workshop with something they can use right away in their classrooms. Most of the teachers who attend teach regular high-school physics, but we also see many AP Physics teachers, college physics teachers, junior-high physical-science teachers, and even math, chemistry, and biology teachers.

Thanks to our generous benefactors (especially the Karl Brown family), the workshop is free, including a free, onsite lunch and coffee and doughnuts. Read more »

Call for Posters

With the success of our poster session at our Fall 2014 meeting, we will continue to provide a poster session in addition to Share and Tell and other speakers.  We hope that this will encourage more people to present, let people better invest their time in subjects that interest them, and allow for greater interaction between the presenters and their audience.

In order to encourage people to contribute posters, we will print 3×2 posters at a subsidized rate, $5 for K-12 teachers and student teachers, and $25 for college and university professors. These posters should be submitted as PDF files, and this offer has a deadline of April 17.  Once your abstract is registered, you will be emailed additional instructions.

What topics can be covered?  Anything that tickles your fancy as a physics teacher that you think will help our community.  This could be a neat experiment, original research, cool projects for your students, a report-back from a field trip that worked, an innovative way to approach grading, or anything else that you would like to share with fellow teachers.

But what if you’ve never done a poster?  Here are some templates plus a sample poster:

Here are some more links that might help get you started:

At the end of the day, don’t get too caught up on how pretty or ugly the poster looks, we want to hear your ideas!

For those printing out their own posters, let’s max out at roughly four feet by four feet.

Keynote Speaker: Douglas Stone

Einstein’s scientific image was systematically distorted for historical reasons (not discussed here) however Einstein spent much more time on quantum theory than anything else (including relativity). Stone discovered and wrote an article on some of Einstein’s early and extremely lucid explanations of the problem with quantizing chaos. The article appeared in 2005 during the World Year of Physics and resulted in many speaking engagements which sparked Stone’s intensive research into Einstein’s life and works. Most of the available literature on Einstein’s research was too technical for the general public so Stone wrote his own. Read more »

Business Meeting & Elections

Discussion of proposed new dues structure by President David Marasco

Motion made by Don Rathjen, seconded by Hookama, to accept the proposed dues structure.

Approved by voice Read more »

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