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2010 Summer Meeting

2010 AAPT Summer Meeting
July 17-21, 2010
Portland, Oregon


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Date: Saturday, July 17

 

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T01:

Teaching about Lasers and Their Uses: Labs and Demonstrations
  Location: Neuberger Hall 341
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Laboratories
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Apparatus
  Leader(s): Richard Peterson, Chad Hoyt, petric@bethel.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Chad Hoyt Dept. of Physics Bethel University St. Paul, MN 55112
  Description: LaserFest 2010 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the construction of the first laser, and it encourages functions that make lasers and their applications visible to all. This tutorial will utilize demonstrations (with the assistance of written and video documentation) to review classroom demonstrations and lab exercises that help us teach about lasers. Examples will be chosen from both introductory and advanced classes. Workshop will be held at Portland State and is supported in part by a grant to Bethel University from SPIE LaserFest.
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W01:

LabVIEW Instruction for the Advanced Laboratory (ALPhA Laboratory Immersion Program)
  Location: Reed College
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $100.00
Nonmember: $125.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Laboratories
  Leader(s): John Essick, jessick@reed.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: This day-long workshop will be held on the Reed College campus in the Physics Department's Advanced Laboratory and will be of interest to professors seeking to include LabVIEW-based instruction in their instructional lab curricula. In advance of the workshop, each participant will be supplied with the book Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW for Scientists and Engineers (Oxford University Press) and be asked to self-study selected chapters to learn the LabVIEW programming language (free trial versions of LabVIEW software can be downloaded from the National Instruments website). Then, during the workshop, participants will use their acquired programming skills on Reed?s LabVIEW systems (Windows machines equipped with National Instruments Multifunction Data Acquisition and GPIB boards) to build several computer-based instruments (including a digital oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, and digital thermometer) and to explore GPIB control of instrumentation. Reed College is located in Southeast Portland and is easily accessible from downtown hotels by public transportation.
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W02:

Learning Physics While Practicing Science
  Location: Cramer Hall 201
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $75.00
Nonmember: $100.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Teacher Preparation
  Leader(s): Eugenia Etkina, eugenia.etkina@gse.rutgers.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Alan Van Heuvelen David Brookes
  Description: Participants will learn how to modify introductory physics courses to help students acquire a good conceptual foundation, apply this knowledge effectively in problem solving, and develop the science process abilities needed for real life work. We provide tested curriculum materials including: The Physics Active Learning Guide with 30 or more activities per textbook chapter for use with any textbook in lectures, recitations, and homework; (b) a CD with over 200 videotaped experiments and associated questions for use in lectures, recitations, laboratories, and homework; and (c) a set of labs with inexpensive equipment that can be used to construct, test, and apply concepts to solve practical problems. During the workshop we will illustrate how to use the materials not only in college and high school physics courses but also in courses for future physics teachers to have an explicit emphasis on using the processes of science and various cognitive strategies. Please bring your own laptop to the workshop. Make sure it has QuickTime installed. If you do not own a computer you will be paired with somebody who does.
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W03:

Piaget Beyond "Piaget"
  Location: Cramer Hall 203
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $105.00
Nonmember: $130.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Teacher Preparation
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education
  Leader(s): Dewey Dykstra, ddykstra@boisestate.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: While early work of the Swiss Genetic Epistemologist, Jean Piaget, and co-workers in Geneva on developmental stages of reasoning was being shared in the 1970s in physics education, Piaget and his co-workers were advancing understanding of the origins and development of human understanding of the world. They explain how, why, and under what circumstances human understanding changes. Piaget's evidence collection methods became the origins of physics education research (PER) in student conceptions. The PbP workshop will explore the implications of Piaget's theory of cognitive equilibration for student learning and new teaching practices in physics applicable to all levels. This workshop is a companion to the original AAPT workshop, Physics Teaching and the Development of Reasoning (PTDR). Participants will receive the PbP manual, a book including the PTDR and boxed lunch as part of the fee.
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W04:

Research-Based Alternatives to Traditional Problems in Introductory Physics.
  Location: Neuberger Hall 385
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $60.00
Nonmember: $85.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges
  Leader(s): Kathy Harper, HarperK@denison.edu
  Co-Leader(s): David P. Maloney Thomas M. Foster
  Description: Accumulating research on problem solving in physics clearly indicates that traditional, end-of-chapter exercises in physics texts are not useful and may actually hinder students' learning of important physics concepts. The research also raises questions about the efficacy of such tasks for helping students develop "problem solving skills." In light of these results the question is: What alternative tasks can we use to help students develop problem solving skills and a conceptual understanding? This workshop will review the research and then provide examples of several alternative tasks and their use. Participants will also get practice writing alternative problems for use in their own classrooms.
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W05:

Research-Based Curricula and Computer Supported Tools to Revitalize Your Introductory Course
  Location: Vernier Software and Technology
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
  Price: Member: $50.00
Nonmember: $85.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): David Sokoloff, sokoloff@uoregon.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College Ronald Thornton, Tufts University
  Description: This hands-on workshop is designed for those who want to introduce active learning and computer tools into their introductory courses. We will introduce new approaches to teaching based on physics education research (PER) in lectures, labs, and recitations as well as studio and workshop environments. Among the approaches presented will be Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs), Web-Based ILDs, RealTime Physics Labs, Activity Based Tutorials, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Live Photo Assignments and Workshop Physics, as well as analytic modeling and video analysis tools. The computer tools used are available for both Macintosh and Windows computers. Results of studies on the effectiveness of these teaching strategies will also be presented. Current versions of the curricula, along with the book Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite by E.F. Redish will be distributed. Partially supported by the National Science Foundation. This off-site workshop will be held at Vernier Software and Technology. You will need to take Portland's TriMet Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) 2 blocks from the Hilton hotel, which will drop you off directly behind Vernier Software Technology (a 25 minute ride).
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W06:

Applied Critical Thinking: Science, Religion, and Asking Cogent Questions
  Location: Neuberger Hall 241
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $47.00
Nonmember: $72.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Science Education for the Public
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Professional Concerns
  Leader(s): Matthew Koss, pnienabe@smumn.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Matthew B Koss Department of Physics College of the Holy Cross 1 College Street Worcester MA 01610 mkoss@holycross.edu
  Description: Recent interchanges between science and religion have sparked serious interest and no little heat. Science educators have an investment in these discussions, not just because they impact public school curricular policy ?- curious students and colleagues often raise questions whose answers require examining subtle distinctions. This workshop seeks to map out a particular approach to the discourse, an explorative juxtaposition of fundamental (and sometimes deeply implicit) characteristics of the two principal disciplines (science and theology). The intent is not to exhaustively survey the current literature, nor to demolish or advocate particular positions. The aim, rather, is to provide an opportunity for participants and presenters to interact together in a number of discussions and activities on this topic. These directed engagements will help construct a framework that the presenters feel will permit participants to address the issues more productively, and to open avenues to better help students develop critical thinking skills.
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W08:

Critical Thinking in Astronomy
  Location: Cramer Hall 159
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Space Science and Astronomy
  Leader(s): Joe Heafner, heafnerj@sticksandshadows.com
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: In this workshop, participants will engage in inquiry activities designed to emphasize critical thinking and scientific reasoning within the context of introductory astronomy. Content may include activities applicable to all science (e.g. logical fallacies, terminology, etc.) and activities specific to astronomy (e.g. shadows, lunar illumination, etc.) These activities are part of the Learning Critical Thinking Through Astronomy Project and its associated textbook (in development). Participants should bring notebook computers with wifi capability.
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W09:

Leadership Roles and Models in the Classroom, Academia, and Beyond
  Location: Neuberger Hall 238
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $40.00
Nonmember: $65.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Graduate Education in Physics
  Leader(s): Juan Burciaga, burciagaj@denison.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: As we adopt a more peer-oriented environment for our courses faculty begin losing their traditional role as leaders in the classroom. In addition, more and more we are asked to participate in bringing about change in our classes and beyond -- changes in pedagogy, changes in diversity and inclusion, and even to initiate/participate in research or teaching groups. How do we share the authority of learning in our classes without ceding the final responsibility for that learning? What models of leadership and participation exist that can help us adapt to the changing demands? And how do we model these roles so that students can effectively develop these leadership skills as well? Using discussions, readings, and case studies, we will explore these questions as we attempt to characterize effective leadership and our most appropriate response to the challenges and opportunities of leadership demands from our professional lives.
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W10:

PIRA Lecture Demonstrations 1 - Condensed
  Location: Science Building 1- 107
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Apparatus
  Leader(s): Dale Stille, dale-stille@uiowa.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Sam Sampere, Syracuse University, smsamper@syr.edu
  Description: During this workshop, we will introduce you to the Physics Instructional Resource Association (PIRA) and the PIRA 200 (the 200 most important demonstrations deemed necessary to enhance an introductory physics course). We will show a subset of approximately 50 demonstrations explaining use, construction, acquisition of materials, and answer any questions in this highly interactive and dynamic environment. Ideas for organizing and building your demonstration collection will be presented. Lecture Demonstrations 1 - Condensed will cover demonstrations in Mechanics, Fluids, Oscillations, and Thermodynamics. It is recommended that both Lecture Demonstrations 1 and 2 - Condensed be taken as this will cover the complete year of demonstrations needed for a typical course.
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W11:

Using Graphing Calculators in the Classroom
  Location: Cramer Hall 225
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $40.00
Nonmember: $65.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Lee Trampleasure, lee@trampleasure.net
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: In this workshop participants will conduct a few classic kinematic experiments and analyze their data using TI 83/84 graphing calculators. Classroom-ready handouts (using TI key fonts) will be provided to work through entering the data into the calculators, graphing the data, and fitting equations to the data. The workshop will use lower tech data collection (stopwatches, tape timers, metersticks) to avoid the "black box" confusion often presented by computerized motion detectors--however teachers may also use photogates to generate the data that students enter into their calculators. We'll also explore using the "Draw Tangent" feature to calculate the instantaneous velocity of objects from an x/t graph. Calculators will be provided, but teachers are encouraged to bring their own if they have one. This workshop is Modeling friendly.
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W12:

Constructing Knowledge and Skills in Introductory Laboratories
  Location: Science Building 2 - 161
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $60.00
Nonmember: $85.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on International Physics Education
  Leader(s): Paul van Kampen, Paul.van.Kampen@dcu.ie
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: We have restructured the first year undergraduate physics labs, which caters for three hundred non-physics students. The labs were designed to be an enjoyable experience in which students see science as a process of inquiry and develop scientific skills such as hypothesis testing, control of variables, interpreting and drawing conclusions from their own experimental data, and carrying out quasi-independent investigations. Conceptual difficulties are clarified based on experimental results. The first labs are quite prescriptive and are conducted within a framework of guided inquiry, but the amount of autonomy is increased rapidly as students acquire skills and experience. Online pre-tests along with weekly surveys highlight students' attainment, attitudes, experiences and conceptual development. Feedback and pre-test/post-test comparison consistently show that the labs have been transformed into an enjoyable environment where deep learning takes place. In this workshop, we will give participants a flavor of the laboratories and the tutor training elements.
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W13:

Introductory Laboratory Workshop
  Location: Science Building 1- 424
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $50.00
Nonmember: $75.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Laboratories
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Apparatus
  Leader(s): Mary Ann Klassen, Van Bistrow, mklasse1@swarthmore.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Van Bistrow
  Description: This workshop is appropriate primarily for college and university instructional laboratory developers. At each of six stations, presenters will demonstrate an approach to an introductory laboratory exercise. Each presenter will show and discuss the apparatus and techniques used. Attendees will cycle through the stations and have an opportunity to use each apparatus. Documentation will be provided for each experiment, with sample data, equipment lists, and construction or purchase information.
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W14:

PIRA Lecture Demonstrations 2 - Condensed
  Location: Science Building 1- 107
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Apparatus
  Leader(s): Dale Stille, dale-stille@uiowa.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Sam Sampere, Syracuse University, smsamper@syr.edu
  Description: During this workshop, we will introduce you to the Physics Instructional Resource Association (PIRA) and the PIRA 200 (the 200 most important demonstrations deemed necessary to enhance an introductory physics course). We will show a subset of approximately 50 demonstrations explaining use, construction, acquisition of materials, and answer any questions in this highly interactive and dynamic environment. Ideas for organizing and building your demonstration collection will be presented. Lecture Demonstrations 2 -Condensed will cover demonstrations in Electricity & Magnetism, Optics, Modern Physics, and Astronomy. It is recommended that both Lecture Demonstrations 1 and 2 - Condensed be taken as this will cover the complete year of demonstrations needed for a typical course.
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W15:

Photovoltaic Kits
  Location: Neuberger Hall 238
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Science Education for the Public
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Laboratories
  Leader(s): Stanley Micklavzina, stanm@uoregon.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Asher Tubman, South Eugene High School, Eugene, Oregon
  Description: A photovoltaic PV lab kit and curricula are being developed for use in the classroom. This workshop will demonstrate the use of the kit and explore various experiments that can be conducted with the kit. These complete kits are being developed so they can be made available on a sign out basis to regional high schools for use during their school year. THIS IS NOT A MAKE AND TAKE WORKSHOP. You will be provided an equipment list and curriculum materials to take with you from the workshop..
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W16:

Promoting Active Inquiry-Based Learning with Computers in High Schools
  Location: Science Building 2- 113
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $47.00
Nonmember: $72.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Maxine Willis, willism@dickinson.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College and Marty Bamberger, Chestnut Hill Academy
  Description: This is a hands-on workshop designed for teachers interested in engaging their students in inquiry-based active learning. Participants will work with classroom-tested kinematics, dynamics and other mechanics units selected from the Activity-Based Physics High School CD (ABP HSCD). These student-centered materials are based on the outcomes of physics education research and are linked to the national standards. The curricular materials combined with the use of computers for data collection and analysis enable students to learn physics by doing. The curricula on the ABP HSCD include: RealTime Physics, Tools for Scientific Thinking, Workshop Physics and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations. The data acquisition equipment and software used in this workshop are compatible with both Mac and Windows computers and the hardware and software systems from both PASCO and Vernier Software and Technology.
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W18:

What to Do About the First Day of School and Other Special Events
  Location: Cramer Hall 225
  Date: Saturday, Jul.17
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $45.00
Nonmember: $70.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Dean Baird, dean@phyz.org
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: The first day of school can be daunting. But it might be the most important day of the school year. Back-to-School Night may be your only chance to really connect with parents. Open House can be a chore or an opportunity. Over the course of a 24-year career, I've developed solutions to these special events. Some are simple, others are more involved. But they're all effective. And they make the First Day, Back-to-School, and Open House events you'll look forward to. Participants will be provided with a binder of instructional information and a CD of video resources, presentations, and PDFs.
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