AAPT Northern California/Nevada Section Fall Meeting

Friday & Saturday, November 3 & 4, 2000

California State University, Chico

Local Host: Chris Gaffney



Call for Papers

We solicit contributed papers of 15 to 30 minutes in length. Suitable topics include teaching ideas, research projects, laboratory techniques, novel demonstrations, computers and instruction. Please send an abstract of your talk, with title, your name and affiliation, AV and equipment requests, and other requirements to the Program Chairman: Paul Robinson, 424 Quartz Street, Redwood City, CA 94062, phone (650) 369-1813, or preferably via email: laserpablo@aol.com. Deadline for submission is Wednesday, October 4, 2000. However, papers which arrive earlier than the deadline will get preferential treatment.

Friday Workshops

"New Teacher Workshop" (12 to 4 pm)

This is the first time we've offered this popular workshop on Friday afternoon (instead of Saturday afternoon) so participants don't have to miss out on the contributed papers. If there are insufficient signups for Friday, we will revert to our previous Saturday format. It is intended for teachers who are either new to teaching physics and/or those who have been at it for a while but still feel like they're new! All new teachers will be networked with experienced teachers. The workshop includes valuable teaching tips, goodie bags, raffles where everyone wins, question and answer panels, popcorn, and more! Teachers interested in making a presentation at this workshop please contact Paul Robinson. Interested participants should email Paul Robinson at laserpablo@aol.com to register or for more information.

"STELLA" (12 to 4 pm)

Saturday's Keynote speaker Randy Miller will conduct a workshop using the STELLA software program. Participants will learn how high school and college students can use STELLA to easily create "SimEarth" style numerical models that can be used to investigate phenomena complex phenomena like global warming. The workshop is free but space is limited. Email Chris Gaffney at cgaffney@csuchico.edu for more information or to register for this workshop.

Come and Analyze Bubbles at our Friday Evening Social

Friday afternoon will include a lecture on the physics of beer. In an effort to prove Chico actually produces more beer than it consumes, we will tour the Sierra Nevada brewery on Friday evening. Following the tour, participants are invited to remain at the brewery for a no host dinner and conversation.

Call for Demonstrations

Bring your favorite 5-minute demonstration for the popular "Show 'n' Tell". Handouts describing your demonstration are encouraged.

Dues and Don'ts

Section dues are $10 per year, due each Fall. If you cannot attend the meeting, remain an active member which will ensure you'll receive all our mailings by sending dues to our treasurer Dennis Buckley, Liberty High School, 850 Second St., Brentwood, CA 94513. The registration fee for the Fall meeting is $10, payable at the door. First-timers are free!

Upcoming Events

2000 Winter Meeting AAPT, January 6-11, 2001, San Diego, CA

Spring Meeting, NCNAAPT, Lawrence Berkeley Labs (date to be announced)

2001 Summer Meeting, AAPT, July 21-25, 2001, Rochester, New York