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Fall 2009 Meeting

MIAAPT FALL 2009 meeting

Saturday, October 10, 2009
Midland Center for the Arts
Alden B. Dow Science Museum

Hosted in Conjunction with the Einstein exhibit at the
Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art

Featured Talk: E. R. Huggins, Professor of Physics, Dartmouth
"Placing Modern Physics in Introductory Courses"

On Friday night after dinner Lish Huggins, author of the new Algebra version of Physics 2000 will present a 2 hour workshop on “Starting with Special Relativity”.  There is no charge for this but again you will take away lots of goodies.  I attended this workshop at the AAPT meeting and was quite impressed

On Saturday afternoon we will tour the special Einstein Exhibit at the museum. A conference fee of $15 includes both the MIAAPT meeting and the Einstein Exhibit. We are hoping to work out a credit arrangement for those that attend more than one PTRA workshop this year.

Meeting Agenda/Abstracts (pdf)


Meeting Agenda

Friday Workshops

9:30 – 5:00pm AAPT/PTRA Dark mater & Quantum Physics
Al Gibson, Rochester Adams HS (retired)
Nicole Murawski, Royal Oak HS
Laura Ritter

The cost for this workshop is $60. As you know, we will provide lots of materials.

6:30 – 9:00pm Relativity First Workshop

Saturday Sessions

8:00 - 8:30 Registration/Breakfast (lobby of museum)
Meeting fee $15 (includes Einstein exhibit)
Order box lunch at registration $8.00

8:30 – 8:45 Meeting call to order and opening comments
Drew Isola, MIAAPT President
Welcome by Debbie Anderson
Curator of Education
Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art

Morning Session I

8:45 – 10:45 Oral Presentations (arranged from submitted abstracts)

8:45-9:15 Physics Goes Underwater: The Construction of an Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle
Keith F. Forton, Traverse City Central Senior High

9:15-9:30 Bullion to B-Fields: The Silver Program of the Manhattan Project
Cameron Reed, Alma College

9:30-9:45 Update on the National Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics
Drew Isola, Allegan High School

9:45-10:00 Meet Me On Facebook: Social Networking For Supplemental Office Hours
Philip Edward Kaldon Western Michigan University

10:00-10:15 Converted Shear Waves
Kandiah [BALA]Balachandran, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

10:15-10:30 Teasing Apart Voltage and Current
David Van Baak, Calvin College

10:30-10:45 The PhysicsBowl – marking its 25th year
Michael Faleski, Delta College
10:45 – 11:00 Break

Morning Session II: Invited Talk

11:00 – 12:15 Invited Talk: Starting with Relativity
Elisha Huggins, Dartmouth
What laws of physics apply to everything, and have no known exceptions? We can think of two--the principle of relativity and the uncertainty principle. Our goal has been to construct an introductory physics course with emphasis on these two laws. To do this, we begin with the principle of relativity, a law understood by Galileo, and end with the uncertainty principle after focusing on the particle-wave nature of matter. In our talk we will start with the way we handle the time-energy form of the uncertainty principle, and then describe some of the steps we took to get there. The most important step was introducing special relativity in week one.
physics 2000

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 MIAAPT Business Meeting & Elections
Drew Isola, MIAAPT President
Officer’s Reports

1:45 – 2:00 Share-a-thon
Drew Isola, Allegan Highschool
Openings available-contact to be added to the schedule

Afternoon Session

2:00 – 5:00 Tour of Museum – Einstein Exhibit

Parking available (free) in front of the museum
Steve Dickie,
Aug 31, 2009, 6:35 AM
Steve Dickie,
Sep 23, 2009, 9:40 AM
Steve Dickie,
Sep 23, 2009, 2:36 AM
Steve Dickie,
Oct 5, 2009, 2:30 AM
Steve Dickie,
Sep 23, 2009, 2:36 AM