The Spring 2007 Meeting

of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Northern California/Nevada Section

will be hosted by Stanford/SLAC
Friday & Saturday, May 4–5, 2007
Save the date!

Spring on the Farm !


The Local Host is: Rick Pam (rick.pam@stanford.edu)

The NCNAAPT Program Chair is, as always, Paul Robinson (laserpablo@aol.com)

Call for Contributed Talks:

Show-n-Tell items

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, Paul Robinson, preferably by email at laserpablo@aol.com. Deadline for submission is Friday April 6, 2007.

Bring your favorite 5-minute demonstration for the popular “Show-n-Tell.” Handouts describing your demonstration are encouraged. Likewise, giving contributed papers as Show-n-Tells is specifically discouraged!

The meeting will include:

  • Workshops - Details in the program. If you are interested in presenting a workshop on Friday, contact Paul with your idea and your needs.
  • Friday Evening Social
  • Saturday Morning Refreshments
  • Show-n-Tell
  • Door Prizes
  • Contributed Talks:
    This could be you! (See above left for how to participate.)

Saturday Morning Invited Speakers

  • “A Quick Trip Down Memory Lane from PSSC to Retirement.” Clarence Bakken will tell what he’s been up to since retiring and why.
  • Kathryn Moler and Kyle Cole, both from Stanford’s Nanoscale Center will speak on the “Frontiers of Nanoscience.”

Roller Coaster Physics

Friday Evening Social

Spend 1:00–5:00 Friday afternoon at Great America in Santa Clara learning the latest data collection techniques. Then go on the rides to collect your own data. Finally, learn more about analyzing the data you collected and take home the group's data for use in your classroom as well as a CD of other amusement park resources.

Cost: $40 if your school pays; $20 if you pay. Includes admission to Great America.

Contact Clarence Bakken at cbakken2001@yahoo.com by April 27 to RSVP.

We're planning a program on the latest developments in particle astrophysics and cosmology at the Kavli Institute at SLAC. What is Dark Matter anyway? Just how dark is it? And why does it matter?

Come and see some of the latest simulations on the origins of the universe.

More Info

Dues and Don’ts

We have a link to hotel and travel information here.

So plan to attend; block the dates on your calendar; then join us on the Farm!

Tim Erickson
web lackey

Meeting registration is $20, which helps to cover printing and goodies. But first-timers are free! And don’t forget, PTSOS participants: your dues are already paid!

Section dues are $15 per year, due each Fall. If you cannot attend the meeting, send dues to our treasurer, Dennis Buckley, Liberty High School, 850 Second St., Brentwood, CA 94513. This will ensure that you remain an active member—and keep finding out about all the great stuff NCNAAPT can do for you!

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