At Sonoma State University
Friday & Saturday, April 4 & 5, 2002
Local Host: Joe Tenn
Lots of local information on this page that Joe posted!
Note: Sonoma State University is located in Rohnert Park, CA, not in Sonoma!
Teachers are welcome to contact our President, Mike Ugawa, 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
Salazar Hall, Room 2009A
This is the second time weve offered this popular workshop on Friday afternoon (instead of Saturday afternoon) so that participants dont 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 theyre 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information. Even if you can't make it, here is a link to a page full of valuable stuff, whether you're a new teacher or an experienced one.
"Contemporary Laboratory Experiences in Astronomy Workshop" (10 - 4 PM) Richard Cooper, Gettysburg College
Stevenson Hall, Room 2044
PA roject CLEhas been developed nine computer-based exercises designed for the introductory astronomy laboratory. These exercises simulate important techniques of astronomical research using digital data and Windows-based software. Each of the 9 exercises developed to date consists of software, technical guides for teachers, and student manual. There is no fee, but please email Richard Cooper of Gettysburg College, PA at email@example.com to register or for more information.
Friday Evening Social
There will be a dinner on campus if enough people indicate interest by March 23. Send reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet at Darwin Hall 7:30 PM
Come early&endash;come all for a laser light show produced by the SSU's very own lab tech, Steve Anderson! Come see the light!
Light refreshments and libations will be served. Telescope viewingwith a 14" Celestron at 8:30 PM, weather permitting.
Saturday Program SATURDAY, April 5, 2003
Morning Session, Darwin Hall, Room 108
7:45 Registration, Coffee, Donuts, and other culinary delights.
8:45 Welcome and Announcements
9:00 Show & TellShare your favorite demonstration or teaching tip. Since new teachers and section members will be at this meeting, you are encouraged to dust off some of your oldies but goodies. If you have handouts, please bring 75 copies. Time limit is 5 minutes per person.
10:00 "Physics of Nuclear Weapons"Invited Speaker: Lynn Cominsky, SSU, email@example.com
Professor Cominsky will explain the basic physical principles leading to the design, manufacture and deployment of fission and fusion nuclear weapons. She will also describe the physical effects produced by these weapons, and will discuss the sizes and locations of existing weapons.
Ms Cominsky's Powerpoint presentation is online and you can find it at this link: http://glast.sonoma.edu/~lynnc/presentations.html
12:00 - 1:30 LUNCH:Ameci's pizza and soft drinks will be catered in the Darwin Hall lobby. Please pay $5 cash at registration before 10 a.m.
Tours of new Cerent Labs in Salazar Hall.
1:30 Raffle/Business Meeting Darwin Hall, Room 108
2:00 "More Than You Wanted to Know About High School Physics Standards"Dean Baird, Rio Americano High School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know what the State of California wants you to teach? What the difference is between Content Standards and "Opportunity to Learn" Standards? How about the difference between Science Standards and the Science Framework? Do you know how your students are being tested on Physics Standards and how their performance impacts your school's Academic Performance Index? And what happened to the Physics Golden State Exam? If you're feeling bewildered by any of this, I hope to provide some measure of enlightenment.
2:30 "Bernoulli in Principle: Is fluid pressure really lower in moving fluids?"
Evan Jones, Sierra College, Emeritus
2:30 "Inter-Nuclear Potential Energy Graphs - Beyond Balancing Reaction Equations and Calculating Mass Defects in Analyzing Fusion, Fission, and Alpha Decay Processes"
Patrick M. Len, Cosumnes River College
2:50 "Lessons from Chernobyl"
Charles Hunt, American River College
2:50 "F = ma and E&M using Python/VPython"
Matthew Moelter, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
3:10 "Teacher Research and Cosmic Rays"
Andria Erzberger, LBNL
3:10 "Springs, Series, and Slinkies"
Bryan Cooley, Epistemological Engineering
3:30 "Strategies in Web-Based Homework Assignments"
John Walkup, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
3:30 "How Big is a Photon"
Phil Gash, Cal State, Chico
3:50 "Physics Issues in Homeland Security"
Xavier K. Maruyama, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey
3:50 "NASA GLAST EPO"
Lynn Cominsky and Sarah Silva Sonoma State University Education and Public Outreach Group
4:10 "The Physics of Cell Polarization"
David Blackman, UC Berkeley, retired
Two currents dominate cell polarization. First, the passive current is governed by the Hamiltonian of the partition function. The second, the active transport is governed by the thermodynamics of the sodium pump. The physics of these two systems will be compared. Some very simple assumptions underpin this treatment: passive current is similar to a capacitive discharge; the change in membrane potential is proportional to the signal observed externally.
4:10 "Space Mysteries: Starmarket"
Philip Plait and Tim Graves, Education and Public Outreach Group, SSU
4:30 "Unmasking Data: Finding Hidden Phenomena in the Numbers"
Tim Erickson, Epistemological Engineering
*fee is waived for first-time attendees and students! The rest of us pay only $10. A bargain at twice the price!
Consult the campus map (http://www.sonoma.edu/university/maps/start.html) for parking areas. Parking is free after 5 PM on Friday and all-day Saturday. Parking in any nonreserved space before 5 PM Friday is $2.50.
Rohnert Park is the closest city to SSU. We suggest that you go online at http://www.sterba.com/rp/cc/accommodations.html for more information.
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!
Summer Meeting, AAPT, August, 2-6, 2003, Madison, WIFor more information, check it out online at: www.aapt.org
Fall Meeting, NCNAAPT, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley, joint meeting with APS, November 13-14, 2003. This is a joint meeting with APS!