Joint Meeting of the AAPT

Southern and Northern California Sections

Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27, 2002

Physics Dept, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California, 93407

Local Host: Ron Brown


Call for Papers

We solicit contributed papers of 15 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,Tom Bensky by registering for the meeting via the website: Deadline for submission is Tuesday, April 2, 2002.


Friday Workshops

Teachers are welcome to contact our President, DaveWall, for a letter of support to assist them obtaining funds and release time to attend this conference.

"New Teacher Workshop" (10 - 4 PM) Paul Robinson and other Vets

This is the second time we've offered this popular workshop on Friday afternoon (instead of Saturday afternoon) so that 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! Although there is no fee, interested participants should email Paul at to register or for more information.

"Getting the Most Out of MBL" (10 - 4 PM) Clarence Bakken, Gretchen DeMoss

Are you thinking about starting computer or calculator-based interfacing in your physics labs? Have you been using MBL for a while and are looking for ways to get more depth from your labs? Or do you just want to see a variety of applications of computer interfacing that will fit nicely into your curriculum? Join Clarence Bakken, Gunn High School, and Gretchen Stahmer-Demoss, of Vernier Software in a hands-on workshop using LabPro and a wide assortment of sensors. Although there is no fee, please email Clarence at to register or for more information.


Friday Evening Dinner Social

Bring Your Appetite! Special Program to be announced!


Call for Demonstrations

Bring your favorite 5-minute demonstration for the popular "Show 'n' Tell".Handouts describing your demonstration are encouraged. Please signup when you register for the meeting at Deadline for submission is Tuesday, April 2, 2002.


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!

Posted 3/06/02