__Thank you__
This workshop has been organized with
the help and support of the Center for Gravitational Wave
Physics at Penn State, the LIGO Project, the American
Association of Physics Teachers, and the Syracuse University
Department of Physics. We thank these organizations for
making this event possible. We also thank Pearson
Addison-Wesley and Cambridge University Press for making
available a number of important textbooks for teaching
general relativity.
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__Purposes__
The purpose of the conference is to
share ways to teach general relativity to undergraduate
physics students and to insert general relativity into the
undergraduate curriculum. Participants are university and
college faculty interested in doing this at their home
institutions. Some participants already teach or have taught
general relativity to undergraduates and some are looking
for ways to introduce concepts of general relativity into
their existing physics curriculum.
To maintain focus, the workshop
emphasizes gravitational radiation and LIGO, deviations from
Newtonian gravitation and GPS, and black holes. Visiting
experts will give talks on these subjects with particular
emphasis on how they may be used to present important ideas
of general relativity to undergraduates.
Participants will explore how to teach
undergraduate physics students basic concepts and important
phenomena of general relativity. They will review and share
existing approaches, but they will also develop new ideas
for teaching general relativity. They will propose
strategies for introducing ideas of general relativity into
existing courses.
__Speakers and Organization__
**THURSDAY,
JULY 20, 2006**
** **
8:00 – 8:15 Welcoming remarks
Chair: Stamatis Vokos
8:15 – 9:30 The shape of the subject
**
**8:15** ** – 9:00** Jorge Pullin**, LSU
and LIGO, reviews the central ideas of the theory for the
participants new to the teaching of general relativity
9:00 – 9:30 Question and discussion
session with Pullin
9:30 – 10:00 coffee break, poster
discussions
Chair: Greg Comer
10:00 – 11:30 Different approaches to
teaching general relativity to undergraduates:
10:00 –
10:30 **Jim Hartle, UCSB: **Teaching the physics of
general relativity first
10:30 –
10:45 Discussion
10:45 –
11:15 **Tom Moore, Pomona College**: Teaching general
relativity and its math
11:15 –
11:30 Discussion
11:30 – 12:45 Three breakout sessions
on existing syllabi: What decisions do you need to make as
you create a syllabus for each of the following cases:
1.
Insertion strategies and GR for students with little
physics
2.
Math intense
3.
Physics First
12:45 – 4:00 Free Time
Further discussion of
posters
Lunch and
explore Syracuse:
Tour the Syracuse physics
department
Visit the Everson Museum of
Art
Visit MOST: Museum of
Science and Technology
Syracuse Zoo
Salt City Museum
Hiking in Onondaga Lake
County Park
Boating on Jamesville
Reservoir from Jamesville Park
Chair: Shane Larson
4:00 – 5:45 Two topics for teaching
general relativity
4:00 – 4:30
**Neil Ashby, U. Colorado:** Teaching the general
relativity of GPS
4:30 – 4:45
Discussion
5:00 – 5:30
**Peter Saulson, Syracuse U.: **Teaching gravitational
radiation
5:30 – 5:45
Discussion
6:00 – 6:45 Supper
Chair: Edwin Taylor
7:00 – 7:45 A third topic for teaching
general relativity
7:00 – 7:30
**Don Marolf, UCSB:** Teaching black holes
7:30 – 7:45
Discussion
8:00 – 9:30 Breakout sessions: Identify
problems that use GPS, gravitational radiation, and black
holes to support
1.
insertion strategies
2.
math intensive approach
3.
physics first approach
and outline model syllabi incorporating
these.
**FRIDAY, JULY
21, 2006**
Chair: Peter Saulson
9:00 – 10:15 Involving students with
the subject
9:00 – 9:45** Rai Weiss, MIT and LIGO**:
About Teaching General Relativity:
History, Motivation, Experiment
(4.7Mb PDF)
9:45 – 10:15 Discussion session with
Weiss
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break, poster
discussions
10:45 – 11:15 **Stamatis Vokos,
Seattle Pacific U.:** Student Understanding and
Misunderstanding of Conceptions Important in General
Relativity
11:15 – 11:30 Discussion
Moderator: Michelle Larson
11:30 – 12:30 Progress reports, plenary
discussion.
12:30 – 1:30 lunch and poster
discussions
1:30 – 2:45 Breakout sessions refine
syllabi and problem lists; suggest FAQs for website list;
try out the AAPT GR list serve
1.
for novices
2.
for students in math intensive GR course
3.
for students in physics first approach
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:45 Each group presents its
work to the entire workshop
3:45 – 4:00 Designation of the people
who will
install a wiki
moderate a list serve.
edit materials for ComPADRE.
answer the FAQs.
be
available to advise conferees when they try out these ideas.
et
al.
4:00 Adjourn |