Saturday, November 2, 2002
Friday Workshops (at the Exploratorium)
“New Teacher Workshop”Paul Robinson, Lonnie Grimes, Dan Burns and Dean Bairdpresented this workshop to an appreciative group of about 20 new and veteran teachers.
“Amusement Park Physics”
Clarence Bakken presented this PTRA workshop to a group of approximately 12 teachers.
Friday Evening Social at the Exploratorium
5:00 – 7:30 The Exploratorium was open for physics teachers and their families to enjoy from about 5:15 until the talks started at 7:30.
|NCNAAPT thanks PASCO Scientific for sponsoring the refreshments that we had at the Friday social. Their continuing support is appreciated by the entire section.|
7:30 – 8:15 Paul Doherty, Show and Tell
Paul presented several demonstrations, many using magnetic phenomena. The section recognized Paul for his ongoing support of science teachers through Exploratorium Teacher Institutes. http://www.exo.net/~pauld/
8:15 – 9:00 The Physics Chanteuse
Lynda Williams, physics instructor at Santa Rosa Community College, presented a number of songs she has developed to teach and/or honor famous scientists. http://www.scientainment.com/pchant.html
|Paul Doherty demonstrates dominoes that grow exponentially in size.||Lynda Williams bursts into song at the Exploratorium.|
SATURDAY, November 2, 2002
Morning Session, Science Building 101, San Francisco State University
9:00 Show & Tell – Contact the presenters for additional information
|Dave Wall, CCSF, ret.
A very large capacitorAndi Erzberger, LBNL
QuarkNet and Cosmology projectsCheuk Chau, Chico State
Modification of a heat absorber experimentDon Rathjen, Exploratorium
Plans for a vibrating “bug” with uses in a classroom
Clarence Bakken, Gunn H.S., ret.
David Kagan, Chico State
Dan Burns, Los Gatos H.S.
James Dann, St. Ignatius College Prep
Sue Lee, Chico State
Lewis Epstein, Insight Press
Ann Hanks, American River College
Chuck Hunt, American River College
Kris Wedding, CSUH
Dean Baird, Rio Americano H.S.
Mike Ugawa, St. Ignatius College Prep
10:00 Invited Talk “Detecting Earths”
Debra Fischer, UC Berkeley, email@example.com
We learned about the nature and number of planets that have been discovered in recent years. This was an awesome presentation and appreciated by all who attended.
11:00 Invited Talk “The Forgotten Fundamental”
Al Bartlett, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder, Albert.Bartlett@colorado.edu
Dr. Bartlett stimulated us as he applied the basic mathematics of exponential growth to daily life situations such as resource use and population growth. The predictions lead to consequences that are very critical for everyone. Some of Dr. Bartlett’s ideas have been captured on fizziker.com.
|Debra Fischer, pursuer of “Earth’s” beyond our solar system, enthralls the audience.||Dr. Bartlett gives NCNAAPT the straight scoop on exponential growth.|
1:30 Raffle/Business Meeting
Elections were held for three offices that have been vacant since last spring. (Elections weren’t held at Cal Poly due to lack of quorum.) The new officer slate is listed online.
- Secretary: Joe Tenn, Sonoma State
- Vice President for Colleges and Universities: Mike Barnett, LBNL
- Vice President for High Schools: Clarence Bakken, Gunn H.S.
Click here for original program descriptions
|1:45 Exploring the Invisible Universe
Lynn Cominsky, Tim Graves and Sarah Silva, Sonoma State UniversityTo see the Education and Public Outreach Programs at Sonoma State University, go to http://epo.sonoma.eduTo request NASA materials from any of our projects, please send mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|1:45 Teaching Biomolecular Electronics and Biophotonics at college level: Is it possible?
Enrique W. Izaguirre, Sonoma State University
|2:00 “Humidity and the COR of Baseballs”
David Kagan and Dave Atkinson, California State University, Chico
|2:00 “The Case for Increased Emphasis on Life-Science Applications for Students in Algebra/Trig-Based Physics Courses”
Peter Urone, California State University, Sacramento
|2:20 “Model Rockets and Student Trajectory Simulation”
Patti McLain, Jesuit High School
|2:20 “LabVIEW in Beginning Labs”
Bob Good, Cal-State Hayward
|2:40 “Experimental Designs in the Introductory Physics Laboratory”
Xueli Zou, California State University, Chico
|2:40 “Understanding Partially Coherent Light”
Zhigang Chen, San Francisco State University
|3:00 ” Analyzing Galileo’s-Ramp Data”
Tim Erickson, EEPS Media
|3:00 “Detecting Infrared Light, Herschel’s Experiment in the Classroom”
Dan Burns, Los Gatos High School
|3:20 “Application of Video and Online Exercises to the Instruction of Kinematics and the Operation of the Air Table”
Gary Latshaw, Foothill Community College
|3:20 “Photoelectric Experiment with Light-Emitting Diodes”
James M. Lockhart, San Francisco State University
|3:40 “Research Project as a Final Assessment”
Algis Sodonis, The Urban School of San Francisco
|3:40 “Experimental Conic Sections”
Lew Epstein, City College of San Francisco, and Wally Downs
|4:00 “CPS Course Response System in Introductory Physics Courses”
Susan Lea, San Francisco State University
|4:00 “Simple Physics Uses of the Macintosh Graphing Calculator”
Arnold F. McKinley, The Marin Science and Math Support Center
|4:20 “Tuvan Throat Singing and You”
Damon Jansen, Newark Memorial High SchoolNotes from this talk.
|4:20 “Is Pressure Really Lower in a Moving Fluid?”
Evan Jones, retired, Sierra College
|4:40 “Lowell saw the canals on Mars, why can’t NASA?”
Phil Gash, CA State University, Chico
|4:40 “High Voltage Junk”
Dave Wall, City College of San Francisco, and Mike Kan
|5:00 “Integrating Modern Topics and Dark Energy”
James Dann, St. Ignatius
|5:00 “Taking Data Collection to the Next Level”
Clarence Bakken, retired, Gunn High School
- Winter Meeting, AAPT, January, 11-15, 2003, Austin, Texas www.aapt.org
- Spring Meeting, NCNAAPT, Sonoma State University, April 4-5th, 2003 www.ncnaapt.org
- Summer Meeting, AAPT, August 2-6, 2003, Madison, Wisconsin www.aapt.org
- Fall Meeting, NCNAAPT, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Berkeley, November 14-15, 2003 (Joint meeting with APS) www.ncnaapt.org
- Winter Meeting, AAPT, January 24-28, 2004, Miami Beach, Florida www.aapt.org
- Summer Meeting, AAPT, July 31-Aug 3, 2004, Sacramento, CA www.aapt.org