Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers

Fall 2002 Meeting Advance Program

Northwestern Michigan College

Traverse City, Michigan

Saturday October 12th Main Program

8:30 - 9:00 Registration – Northwestern Michigan College, Science building, room F-109 of the Old Science Building (OS).

9:00 - 9:15 Meeting call to order and opening comments – Philip Kaldon, Western Michigan University, MIAAPT president.

Welcome – Fred Tank, Science and Math Division Chair, NMC

9:15 - 9:30 Circular Motion using an air-powered rocket – Jeff Whittaker, Academy of Engineering & Technology Dearborn Heights, MI.

9:30 - 9:45 Discovering and applying the law of refraction without formal trigonometry. David Schuster, Physics Department and Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University,

9:45 – 10:10 Plus, Minus, and Zero"– Paul Zitzewitz, University of Michigan-Dearborn.

10:10 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 10:45 Investigating student learning of kinematics: New dimensions to motion in two dimensions Bradley S. Ambrose, Physics Department, Grand Valley State University

10:45 –11:00 Measurement and Instrumentation; a New Class Offering, Keith F. Forton Traverse City Central High School

11:00 – 11:15 Some Simple Black Hole Thermodynamics, Michael C. LoPresto, Henry Ford Community College

11:15 – 11:45 What I Learned From the Stomper Lab and the Second Two Variable Concept, Steve Rea, Plymouth High School

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch - See details on back.

1:00 – 1:15 Business Meeting

1:15 – 1:30 Announcements, workshops and other information.

1:30 – 1:40 Quickies, Stump the Professor, My Favorite Demonstration. – From our membership.

1:40 – 2:00 Physics Olympiads at The University of Michigan, Ramon O. Torres-Isea, Department of Physics, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

2:00 – 2:15 The Algebra-based Physics Course for Health Science Majors, Ann Marie Eligon, Physics Department, Grand Valley State University

2:15 – 2:30 Visual Quantum Mechanics, Al Gibson

2:30-2:45 Looking Up: Physics and Geometry of Celestial Objects, Philip Edward Kaldon, Western Michigan University

2:45 – 3:00 Creative Approaches to Labs, Taoufik Nadji, Instructor of Physics & Mathematics Interlochen Arts Academy

MIAAPT Registration: MIAAPT $5.00/meeting and may be paid at the time of registration.

LunchA box lunch will be provided by Schlotzsky’s Deli for a cost of $ 7.50 each. All lunches will include a choice of large sandwich (as described below) chips, cookie and soda. All Sandwich selections and payment will need to be made at the morning registration. Participants will need to choose one of the following sandwich selections;

1) Schlotzsky’s Original; Toasted sourdough bun, three meats (lean ham, Genoa salami, cotto salami), three cheeses (mozzarella, cheddar, Parmesan), mustard, marinated black olives, onion, lettuce and tomato.

2) Smoked Turkey Breast; Smoked turkey breast on a roasted sourdough bun with light spicy ranch dressing, lettuce, tomato and dill pickle slices, or

3) The Vegetarian; Toasted wheat bun, sliced cucumber, tomato, onion, lettuce, marinated black olives, cheddar cheese and light spicy ranch dressing.

Tour: A tour of our new Health and Science Building will be available after the meeting.

Workshop Information: None.

Advance Registration: You can pre-register at http://www.lcc.edu/science/maapt/ for the Spring 2002 MAAPT meeting.

Maps, Parking Maps of the campus map is located at http://www.nmc.edu/info/maps--main-campus.html.

Parking is permitted in any lot on the weekends with the Aspen and Birch lots being closest

Questions? Contact Steve Rea via e-mail (sr2061@yahoo.com) or phone (734-453-9284).

*** If you are teaching physics secondary-education majors, we encourage you to pass this meeting announcement to our future high school physics teachers. Students can attend the meeting at no charge.