March 2009 e-Wave
Alabama Section of AAPT
The weather didn’t stop Physics Teachers and the Section Meeting was on Saturday, 2/28. Here is a brief report.
Program Alabama Section of AAPT Meeting Saturday February 28.
Chris McDuffie Implementing Inquiry in the Physics Classroom
Doreen Brisendine Celebrating Einstein and Pi Day
Mark Maddox Projectile Motion Made Easy
Christina Steele Using Clickers in the Physics Classroom
Dan O’Halloran Exploring the PhET Simulations
Dawn Williams Opportunities for High School Connections in Particle Physics and Astrophysics
Mark Rupright Measuring Systematic Errors with Curve Fits (in introductory labs)
Paul Helminger & Physics Demonstrations on the Cheap
Bob Bauman Global Warming How Much is Demonstrable
Explaining How Energy Relates to Force and Rate of Change of Momentum
Marllin Simon & Cathy Miller
A New Vision for the Alabama Section of AAPT/Physics Fantasy ? What Were You Thinking
Julie Covin Great Online Resources for Teachers and How Organize Them
Minutes / Meeting Notes
AAPT business meeting:
Duane Pontius was elected AL Section AAPT president – elect and president for 2010 – 2011.
We have a little over $1000 in the treasury.
We got from Ali Yazdi some $600 from Junior College AAPT organization.
approved setting up a $300 grant named for Barry Walker to go to an Alabama
Section member teacher to help with the cost of attending the summer AAPT
Other news of interest:
Check out this opportunity for teachers to do physics research:
Another fun time-kill game with some educational value. Unfortunately, the game doesn't involve math much, and it doesn't give any perspective on cost per launch and failure. To add more educational value you could have students keep track of the number of launches before success. Set a cost per launch. If any rocket crashes perhaps that's an astronaut's life. Since the game doesn't give you any inkling as to where to start, perhaps you can give a couple free test flights before the launch/life counts begin. Bragging rights go to the students that accomplish each mission first. (Nothing like a little time pressure to convey what the Space Race was like.) It might also be of some interest to see how many students orbit the moon clockwise and how many counterclockwise.
The new year for the Section runs from annual meeting to annual meeting. So the dues for 2009-10 are due now. Please mail your check to:
2833 McGehee Rd
Montgomery, Al 36111
Dues are $5
Please email us with any questions:
Stan Jones, Section Representative firstname.lastname@example.org
Marllin Simon, President email@example.com
Tommi Holsenbeck, Sec/Treas firstname.lastname@example.org