March Physics Update

From the

Alabama Section of AAPT



Dr. Paul Helminger, President of our section, has set Saturday, April 12 as the date for the Spring AAPT meeting in Mobile at the University of South Alabama.  Please mark this on your calendar.  Here is the tentative schedule.  Please bring a demo for show and tell to share.


Alabama AAPT Annual Meeting

Room 140 Instructional Laboratory Building

University of South Alabama

Saturday, April 12, 2008


The program includes a session on physics lecture demonstrations.  Please bring your favorite demonstrations to share with the Alabama AAPT community!


Tentative Program


Time                                                       Topic                                                      Presenter/Discussion Leader


8:00 – 8:10 am                    Welcoming remarks                                            S.L. Varghese

                                                                                                                                Chair, Associate Dean of A&S


8:10 – 8:30 am                    Overview of USA Outreach Programs             Paul Helminger, USA


8:30 – 9:00 am                    USA Fitting Programs                                         Michael Boleman, USA


9:00 – 9:30 am                    Alternative Assessment Using TIPERS           Tommi Holsenbeck, ASU


9:30 – 10:00 am                  Using TIPERS with a Classroom Response    Marllin Simon, AU

System to Probe for Understanding


10:00– 10:10 am                                Break


10:10 – 10:30 am                               Laboratory Exercises in Astronomy                                R. Kent Clark, USA


10:30 – 11:00 am                               PhysTEC                                                               Stan Jones, UA


11:00 – 12:00 pm                               Show & Tell Physics Demonstrations              Meeting Partipicants


12:00 – 1:00 pm                  Lunch


1:00 – 1:30 pm                    Alabama AAPT Business Meeting


1:30 – 2:30 pm                    Modeling Physics Instruction                            Tim Burgess, McGill Toolen

                                                                                                                                Martina Norton, Vestavia Hills

                                                                                                                                Barry Walker, Briarwood Christian


2:30 – 3:00 pm                    Physics First Comes to Southwest Alabama  Tim Burgess, McGill Toolen

                                                                                                                                Neff Weber, McGill Toolen

                                                                                                                                Bob McDowell, McGill Toolen






More information about motels, directions, etc will follow.  Please let Dr. Helminger know you are coming:


News of Mississippi Section meeting:

Please save 5 April as the date of the next meeting of the Mississippi Association of Physicists.  The meeting will be at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (power facility) near Port Gibson, MS.


We will mail a newsletter within the next week concerning the meeting and further details will be available on the MAP website,


I look forward to seeing you at the meeting next month.


James M. Sabatier

MAP President

University of Mississippi

National Center for Physical Acoustics

University, MS 38677

662 915 5404 office

662 816 5404 cell phone

662 915 3949 fax e-mail



There will be a modeling workshop at Briarwood Christian School this summer.  The information and application is attached.


PLEASE help us get information out to the Section members.  I am always looking for tidbits, news, sources, etc to pass along to secondary and post secondary physics teachers. 


If you have any other questions, suggestions or items to share

Please contact me…Tommi Holsenbeck