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) fziksman@yahoo.com

Nicole Murawski, Royal Oak HS murawskin@royaloakschools.com

Laura Ritter lritter2@troy.k12.mi.us

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

6:30 – 9:00pm Relativity First Workshop

Elisha R. Huggins, Dartmouth


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 hfish@kvcc.edu 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