September 2010 e-Wave

Alabama Section of AAPT

President-Duane Pontius  dpontius@bsc.edu

President-Elect-Ali Yazdi   ayazdi@jeffstateonline.com

Section Rep-Stan Jones  stjones@bama.ua.edu

Secretary/Treas-Tommi Holsenbeck  eholsenbeck@alasu.edu

Past President-Marllin Simon msimon@physics.auburn.edu

The Year 2010-11 in Physics

How can the Section help you?  Please contact any officer to help us help you.  There will be a “mini Section Introduction” during the ASTA meeting (https://fp.auburn.edu/asta/) at the McWane Center in Birmingham on Oct 26.  Come and help us recruit new members to our Section.  The Section Officers also want your input to plan a meeting Spring Semester that meets your needs.

Take time to answer these questions and email them back to eholsenbeck@alasu.edu or to any officer.  (Attached in separate document)

1.  Which month in the spring do you prefer to have the meeting?

2.  What format works best for you?

3.  Would you donate door prizes or to a silent auction?

4.  Would you volunteer for set-up, clean-up, presider, presenter, host, etc?

5.  What other suggestions or questions do you have?


WM2011 JacksonvilleJacksonville 2011

Plan your winter escape with a January trip to the AAPT Winter Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. Join the physics community January 8-12 for a week of learning, sharing, and collaboration as we celebrate 100 Years of Nuclear Physics (1911-2011). Special events include an evening with Marie Curie, a return of the 5k walk/run, and a visit to St. Augustine. http://www.aapt.org/Conferences/wm2011/
Registration will be available in early October.


HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS TEACHER’S DAYS at Winter Meeting in Jacksonville




Econolodge will have a group rate for $47/room (single or double) which includes continental breakfast. Rate is per night plus taxes.

 RV Park is available for $25/ night.  Both have Wi-Fi and Cable TV.  Location is off I-95 at exit #3.


Workshop to be held at College of Coastal Georgia/Camden Campus:

8:00 to 11:00 AM-Session one for Nuclear Education Program. Teachers will spend time evaluating materials and reviewing labs.

11:00 to 2:00 PM- Trip to St. Mary’s

Two options are available. Cruise for two hours on Cumberland Sound which includes lunch.

Visit Submarine Museum and lunch on your own.

2:00 to 5:00 PM- Session two for Nuclear Education Program.

6:00 PM Dinner with Alex Dickson, former President of American Association of Physics Teachers, provided by College of Coastal Georgia.

Workshops will be presented by Energy Solutions and National Energy Education Development.  Other materials will be available. Teacher kits will be available to take home for classroom use.


Engineering and NASCAR Day

7:30 AM- Board bus for Daytona- Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

10:00 AM -Program at Embry Riddle on Engineering Sciences

12:30 PM- International Luncheon sponsored by ERAU.  Speaker will Dr. Michael Hickey.

2:00PM-Travel to Daytona Speedway for Daytona 500 Experience which is part of the “Using NASCAR to Teach Physics”

6:00PM- Return to Kingsland, GA.

Notes:  This trip is free to high school teachers/two year college professors and International members and friends.  Other attendees of the Winter Meeting can attend if slots are available. Plans are for 100 attendees.



Physics of Golf Trip to World Golf Hall of Fame

8:00AM- Bus trip to St. Augustine World of Golf

10:00AM- Tour facilities, attend workshop on Using Golf to Teach Physics, play 18 hole putting green.

2:00 PM- Return bus trip to Hyatt/ Kingsland

6:00 to 8:00 PM- High School Shara-ton sponsored by AAPT

8:00 to 10:00 PM Vendor Open House sponsored by AAPT

Notes on Sunday: This program is open to any person attending the Winter Meeting of AAPT. The cost of the trip to World of Golf is $80 for one day registration (Sunday) or $30 for full meeting registration.

Local AAPT Sections will be hosting Physics Days at the 2010 NSTA Area Conferences

AAPT offers a full day of physics content at the NSTA Area Conferences. Physics Day consists of presentations on physics topics of current interest, physics demonstrations for the pre-college classroom and a make-and-take session. AAPT will be hosting a booth in the exhibit hall with giveaways and a raffle drawing!

2010 Area Conference in Kansas City - Friday, October 29, 2010
2010 Area Conference in Baltimore - Friday, November 12, 2010
2010 Area Conference in Nashville - Friday, December 3, 2010

You are invited to the Mississippi Association of Physics Meeting on Oct 8-9. See attachment.

If you haven’t discovered PHET software go check out the FREE simulations


For Your Enjoyment!



Here we have the shuttle being prepared for launch in time-lapse photography.  Notice the small wiggle that the shuttle has when it is rotated.  If you knew how fast the time lapse is, you could calculate the period of the shuttle as a torsional pendulum.  It's just a large, expensive simple harmonic oscillator!



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Alabama Section AAPT

Membership Application 2010-11


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Send dues ($5 or check to Alabama Section of AAPT) to:

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5062 County Rd 13

Hardaway, Al 36039