"Time and Time Again"

Fall Meeting of the Illinois and
Iowa Sections of the AAPT

October 29-30, 1999

Department of Physics and Astronomy
38th Street and 7th Avenue
Augustana College
, Rock Island, Illinois

Hubble constant
Greetings to all Iowa and Illinois Physics Teachers and Students!

Augustana College is pleased to invite you to the fall meeting of the Iowa and Illinois sections of the American Association of Physics Teachers.   Please come to learn more about physics,  discover new tools for teaching physics,  share your experiences via contributed papers, meet old and new friends, and see our new science building.  On our Web page, you may follow the various links to review the program details, submit your abstract, register, get directions, and peruse the list of colleagues who plan to attend.  Your name is added to the list immediately when you register online.

For those who attend one of the Pasco Hands-On Workshops (W1 or W4), a drawing will be held among the participants to receive a free 750 interface, valued at $795!  One will be given away at each workshop.   Space is limited to 15 in each of these workshops.

Please take a few minutes to review the enclosed materials.  We have planned an interesting and exciting meeting.  As you can see, there are four time slots available for contributed papers.  We urge you to consider sharing your teaching expertise by being an active participant.

For further information, please visit our Web site at:


We hope to see many of you at the meeting.  Have a safe trip!

David Renneke,  Chair
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Augustana College
Rock Island, IL  61201

FAX 309-794-7722

Directions and Parking.  Augustana College is located near 38th Street and 7th Avenue in Rock Island.  Referring to the enclosed map, parking Lot E is located northwest of this intersection.  Visitors may park in Lot E anytime.  From there you will see signs directing you to the Science building.  Parking Lots H (no stairs) and I (stairs with 86 steps) near the Science building are restricted to faculty and staff of the College but visitors may park there Friday evening and all day Saturday.  Also, there is no restriction on parking along 7th Avenue.  There are a few handicap parking spots near the north entrance of the Science building.

Registration.  The registration desk will be set up near the main entrance (south door) of the Science building on Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning.  If you plan to attend, you are strongly encouraged to fill out our Online Registration Form or send in the enclosed form before you come.  Note that the deadline for banquet and lunch reservations is Friday, October 22.

Friday, October 29, 1999

12:00 - 4:15 Registration - Science Building Lobby - First floor near south door
12:30 - 1:00 Tour of the new science building - Starts at the Registration Desk
1:10 Welcome -
1:15 - 2:30 First contributed paper session
1:30 - 3:30 Workshop W1 - "Hands-on Use of the ScienceWorkshop 500 and 750 Interfaces", Tom Kuhn, Pasco Scientific - free but reservations are required (limit 15).  Note: There will be a drawing among the participants in this workshop to receive a free 750 interface valued at $795 -  Science 119
1:30 - 3:30 Workshop W2 - "CASTLE Project - Electricity Visualized", Jay Cutler, Charles City High School, Charles City, Iowa - $10 registration fee (limit 16) - Science 107
2:30 - 2:45 Break - Second Floor Atrium
2:45 - 4:00 Second contributed paper session

Invited Talk

"Worlds Enough and Time: Astronomy, Calendars, Clocks and Universal Timescales"

Dr. Lee Carkner
Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics
Boulder, Colorado

4:15 - 5:15         Science 102

The way in which humans relate to time is largely determined by the motions of astronomical objects. Humans not only developed biological responses to daily and monthly cycles, but first quantified time by making measurements of the motions of the Sun and Moon. Measuring time was instrumental for other advances such as the discovery of the laws of planetary motion and the determination of longitude. Today astronomy provides us with tools for determining galactic and cosmological timescales involving star and planet formation and the age of the universe.

Note:  Starting in September, Dr. Carkner became an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and the new Director of the John Deere Planetarium at Augustana College.

5:15 - 6:00 Free time - The open-access computer lab (Science 204) will be open if you wish to check your e-mail, surf the Web or use various software.  It contains 20 PCs.  Click "Cancel" when it asks you to login to the Augustana network.
6:00 - 6:30 Social time - Loft at the College Center
6:30 - 7:45 Banquet - Wilson Center at the College Center

Dr. Hauptman will discuss the current physics of quark colliders at Fermilab and CERN and frame the discussion around the central phenomenon of "bremsstrahlung" in the strong, electromagnetic, weak and gravitational interactions.  These phenomena are used both for technology and detectors and for physics.  Physics teachers Jeff Dilks (Ames High School) and Peter Bruecken (Bettendorf High School) played major roles in this summer's work.  They are building a new calorimeter at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  Can we also involve their students? 

Alpha High Energy Physics Group      Invited Talk                   

"Physics at the Highest Energies"
(bremsstrahlung, bremsstrahlung, bremsstrahlung)

Dr. John Hauptman
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

8:00 - 9:00         John Deere Lecture Hall

Dr. Hauptman is a member of the Alpha High Energy Physics Group at Iowa State University.  He does work at the D0 detector at Fermilab and was involved with the discovery of the top quark.

9:00 - 10:00 Viewing through the C14 telescope (weather permitting) - Augustana Observatory

Saturday, October 30, 1999

7:00 - 8:15 Council meetings - Illinois meets in Science 120  - Iowa meets in Science 203 
8:00 - 9:00 Registration - Science Building Lobby - First floor near south door
8:30 - 9:50 Third contributed paper session
9:50 - 10:00 Take Fives -
10:00 - 10:15 Break - Second Floor Atrium

Invited Talk

"A Model for Updating and Improving the Teaching of Physics"

Ms. Diana Roth
Lanphier High School
Springfield, Illinois

10:15 - 10:45         Science 102

This talk will focus on a new problem-based learning approach to teaching physics and advanced algebra in real world professional settings.  This PBL program can easily be adapted for any level of physics instruction.   Video illustrations will be shown of students working with professionals in the classroom.   Check out these photographs (online).

Ms. Roth was the recipient of the 1998 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Panel members will include Diana Roth, Michael Lach, Curtis Hieggelke, and Fred Zurheide.

Panel Discussion

"Timely Trends in Teaching Physics"

Moderated by
Carl Wenning
Illinois State University

10:45 - 11:30         Science 102

11:30 - 12:30 Box Lunch - Section Business Meetings - Illinois in Science 102, Iowa in Science 304
12:30 - 1:00 Tour of the new science building - Starts in the Lobby on First Floor
1:00 - 2:30 Fourth contributed paper session
1:00 - 3:00 Workshop W3 - "Using Technology to Get Student's Minds On Physics", Brian Wegley and Neil Schmidgall, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, Illinois - $10 registration fee (limit 20) - Olin Technology Center 105
1:00 - 3:00 Workshop W4 - Repeat of Workshop W1 - "Hands-on Use of the ScienceWorkshop 500 and 750 Interfaces", Tom Kuhn - free but reservations are required (limit 15).   Note: There will be a drawing among the participants in this workshop to receive a free 750 interface valued at $795 - Science 119
1:00 - 3:00 Workshop W5 - Repeat of Workshop W2 - "CASTLE Project - Electricity Visualized", Jay Cutler - $10 registration fee (limit 16) - Science 107