DRAFT AGENDA: Feb 28, 2012
* 185th Meeting
Lodging: I have received no specific advance information about housing so I hope you have lots of friends in the area. Standard inexpensive motels can be found downtown, as well as higher-end accommodations.
Saturday, March 10 2012
All sessions will be in 212 Weniger Hall at Oregon State University
Huge thanks, as always, to Vernier for snacks and coffee in the morning!
Four lab exercises will be demonstrated for a new way to measure specific heat of metals by cooling, and the measurement of parametric oscillation phenomenon with computer based lab equipment.
One of the major goals of upper-division programs is and should be to foster the capacity of the next generation of physics majors to “think like physicists”. For the last 15 years, the Paradigms in Physics Project provides tools and support for faculty from many institutions as they shift their practices at the lecture, activity, course, and even program level.
I will outline the research that we have conducted in looking at student motivation to learn about different topics in the PH 211 course. I will discuss our method, as well as how we interpreted results, as well as how we plan on acting on them in the future.
We present a classroom activity that allows students to study a particular model of walking, the inverted-pendulum-model, in detail. Students, after filming themselves walking, use video analysis to implement the pertinent physics concepts to calculate their Froude number, a value important in biomechanics that determines when land animals change their gait.
Sharing experiences from the NSF RET program at the National Solar Observatory.
FROM 1-3pm, also in Weniger 212
Greg Mulder (LBCC) and Bruce Emerson (COCC) This workshop will explore a number computation and simulation environments you may have access to. These include VPython, MAPLE, and PhET. Greg will present insightfully crafted learning experiences for the participants while Bruce applauds from the side lines. If you use any of these tools in your own classes please bring your favorite learning activity based on these tools to share with the group.
3:15 pm talks continued…
http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/teacher_research/ is a program designed to expose teachers (and students) to authentic astronomy research using archived data collected by the Spitzer Space Telescope. Information about this program is essentially spread by word of mouth. This has been one of the best professional development activities I have ever been involved with and I would like to share my experiences.
If you have favorite demos, toys, or quick pedagogical thoughts you'd like to share extemporaneously this is your chance to jump up and share.
Report from the AAPT 2012 Winter Meeting in Ontario
How to get to OSU:
Directions from North and South traveling on I-5: (everyone else is assumed to know their own way:) Traveling on Interstate 5, take the Highway 34 exit which reads “Corvallis / Oregon State University” (exit number 228). Go west on Highway 34 for about 10 miles to Corvallis.
Meeting will be in 212 Weniger Hall at Oregon State University You can grab a quick map of the campus at http://oregonstate.edu/campusmap/ Weniger is at the corner of NW Monroe and SW Memorial Pl
For more info on Corvallis, visit: http://www.visitcorvallis.com/