DRAFT AGENDA: Feb 28, 2012

Spring 2012 ORAAPT Meeting, March 10 201

* 185th Meeting

  • Location: Oregon State University Physics Department, Corvallis OR, Weniger Hall, room 212
  • Host: Dedra Demaree (questions, contact demareed@physics.oregonstate.edu, or call at 541-207-4401)

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

  • 8:45 am Registration, coffee, tea and breakfast snacks provided

Huge thanks, as always, to Vernier for snacks and coffee in the morning!

  • 9:00 am Meeting starts, Welcome - Bruce Emerson: Welcome
  • 9:05 Karen Bouffard (Milwaukie OR) Using Physics Olympics to put “Energy” into Your Labs: new_olympics.pdf
  • 9:30 Toby Dittrich and Leonid Minkin (PCC) New and Different Undergraduate Lab Experience

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.

  • 9:55 Mary Bridget (OSU) Rewriting the Story: Moving Towards an Upper-Division Community of Practice

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.

  • 10:20 Sam Settelmeyer (OSU) Keeping the scientists of tomorrow awake in their seats today

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.

  • 10:45 Justin Dunlop (PSU) Video analysis of the biomechanics of walking.

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.

  • 11:10 James Earley (Three Rivers)

Sharing experiences from the NSF RET program at the National Solar Observatory.

  • 11:30 am: Business meeting - Time for all the business that needs doing!
  • 12 pm: Lunch: A variety of wraps including turkey club, chicken Caesar, chipotle steak, and vegetarian will be available at the meeting location to facilitate robust socializing. Salad, cookies, and beverage are included. Cost will be $10 per person.

Afternoon workshops

FROM 1-3pm, also in Weniger 212

  • 1 - 3 pm: Workshop on Computer Simulations, Computing and Computational Thinking

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…

  • 3:15 John Gibb (Glencoe High) NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP)

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.

  • 3:40 Demonstration Share-a-thon:

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

directions and such

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.

  • Cross the Willamette River Bridge onto Harrison Blvd. Two blocks from the bridge you will need to turn left (south) onto 4th Street.
  • Continue on 4th Street until you reach SW Western Blvd, then turn right (west).
  • Continue on SW Western Blvd until you reach SW 26th street, then turn right (north).


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/

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