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Date: Monday, August 01

 

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Using Literature to Teach Physics
  Location: HC 3048
  Date: Monday, Aug.01
  Time: 1:00PM - 1:40PM
  Presider: Ann Brandon,
  Co-Presiders(s): None
  Equipment: N/A
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My Best NYTimes Physics Applications on Web
  Location: HC 3048
  Date: Monday, Aug.01
  Time: 1:00PM - 1:10PM
  Author: John P. Cise, Austin Community College
512 751 4773, jpcise@austincc.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: From three years developing over 400 physics applications from the NY Times I will show the best applications rich in data verifying physics concepts. Most applications are on mechanical concepts. The site is: http://CisePhysics.homestead.com/files/NYT.htm. The site lists 12 pages with 40 single one page applications per page. Each single page application contains: brief edited text and graphics from the NY Times, introduction,questions,hints, and answers. I use these pages as: introduction to new concepts in general college physics, extra credit for students, and quiz questions. Students enjoy verifying physics concepts using NY Times current physics applications as seen at this site: http://CisePhysics.homestead.com/files/NYT.htm
  Footnotes: None
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The Physics in Einstein's Dreams
  Location: HC 3048
  Date: Monday, Aug.01
  Time: 1:10PM - 1:20PM
  Author: Donald R. Franceschetti, The University of Memphis
901-678-5257, dfrncsch@memphis.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Einstein's Dreams by physicist/author Alan Lightman has for years been a popular selection for high school and college summer reading programs and for student presentations as narrative theater. The book describes a number of "dreams" that the young Swiss patent clerk Albert Einstein might have had during the "miracle year" of 1905. While the dream narratives can be read for their entertainment value by people with little knowledge of physics, any physicist reading them will find numerous references to relativity theory, quantum theory, thermodynamics and cosmology. A few of the dreams also reflect aspects of physics student culture and quips that Einstein is believed to have made. These references can be used for teaching and to demonstrate the creative element in physics, which clearly bridges C. P. Snow's two cultures or the alleged left brain/right brain duality. It provides an opening for interaction with literature and history teachers as well. The presentation will discuss a number of the "dreams" and their allusions to physics, and will provide some suggestions for further reading.
  Footnotes: None
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Physics
  Location: HC 3048
  Date: Monday, Aug.01
  Time: 1:20PM - 1:30PM
  Author: Igor V. Proleiko, McKinnley Classical Academy
(314) 664 2767, igor.proleiko@slps,org
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: In a Sherlock Holmes adventure "The Sign of Four" the culmination is the race along the Thames. The relative speeds could be analyzed to discuss the possibility and feasibility of this part of the story. Also a discussion of projectile motion could be made from the data mined from Sir Arthur's description. The exercise is well within the grasp of introductory physics students.
  Footnotes: None
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Storytime Science: Another Look at Teaching Physics through Childrens' Literature
  Location: HC 3048
  Date: Monday, Aug.01
  Time: 1:30PM - 1:40PM
  Author: Bill Reitz, Retired
330-922-0589, wreitz@neo.rr.com
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Once upon a time your students' imaginations and curiosity were unleashed through the fantasy of their first picture books. We can recapture some of that excitement if we reopen the classic books and allow them to guide us as we explore the real world in our high school classes. Let us examine some new examples of how children's books can model science processes, lead to science investigations and even act as assessment. This paper is follow-up to the "Seuss Science" presentation given at the Portland Summer Meeting. Additional books not mentioned in that paper will be used.
  Footnotes: None
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