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The Physics of Theatre: Influences on Teaching and Research
  Location: SS 104
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 2:00 PM -2:10 PM
  Author: Eric Martell, Millikin University
217-766-9078, emartell@millikin.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The Physics of Theatre project was started to address a clear need within the theatrical community for better understanding of physics concepts in order to design and build increasingly more complex and potentially dangerous equipment safely and efficiently. My efforts within the project are in two main areas: 1) experimentally studying the properties of materials commonly used in theatre and 2) educating theatre technicians about the principles of physics through lectures, workshops, and the development of pedagogical materials. Through this project, we have developed lecture materials and labs that I use in both introductory and advanced undergraduate classes. I have also been able to expand my research interests into areas which are accessible to undergraduates as early as their sophomore year. The physics in these projects is not particularly advanced, but students can develop a much deeper understanding of what they did and have true ownership of their projects.
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