"Time and Time Again"

     
Fall Meeting of the Illinois and
Iowa Sections of the AAPT

October 29-30, 1999

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

Hubble constant
     

How Time Works       Assorted Time Links      Science at Augustana     WVIK 90.3 FM

     
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.  Follow the links below to review the program details, submit your abstract, register, get directions, and peruse the list of colleagues who plan to attend.    The College is at 38th Street and 7th Avenue in Rock Island.
Program Details                            Door Prizes

Contributed Papers.  If you are giving a paper, we recommend using PowerPoint 97 which is installed on the classroom computers.  Then choose from the following: (a) save your PPT file on a 100 MB Zip disk, a recordable CD or a floppy disk, (b) send it to me as an e-mail attachment, (c) transfer it using FTP after you arrive.  You may also bring a laptop computer (Mac or PC) and connect it to the video plug in the demo table.  We have the necessary cables to connect to the laptop's monitor port.

  Call for papers - online | mail or FAX
  Registration form -
online | mail or FAX
  Contributed papers - current list: submitted abstracts | details
  Registration information -
name tags | name/address/e-mail | fees | workshops/take-fives
  Quad City area
lodging in Illinois, Bettendorf, Davenportmaps | directions | QC Online

Monday, November 1, 1999

The two workshop participants who were winners of a Pasco 750 interface were Tim Wagner in W1 and Kathy Qin in W4.  Congratulations!   And thank you Tom Kuhn for providing the prizes!

Note:  For all those who attended workshop W3, Brian Wegley has now provided a link to an ongoing "communication" Web page about the topics that were covered.

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.  Please make out your checks to "ISAAPT".   Note that the deadline for "call for papers" and the banquet and lunch reservations was FridayOctober 22.

Directions and Parking
.  Augustana College is located near 38th Street and 7th Avenue in Rock Island.  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.

Friday, October 29, 1999

12:00 - 4:15 Registration - Science Building Lobby - First floor near south door
12:30 - 1:00
and
1:00 - 1:30
Tour of the new science building - Starts at the Registration Desk
1:30 - 2:25 NOVA video - "Time Travel"
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 was a drawing among the participants in this workshop.  Tim Wagner received a free 750 interface valued at $795 -  description of workshop  -  Science 119      photo
1:30 - 3:30 Workshop W2 - "CASTLE Project - Electricity Visualized", Jay Cutler, Charles City High School, Charles City, Iowa - $10 registration fee (limit 16) - description of workshop - Science 107
2:30 - 3:00 Break - Second Floor Atrium
3:00 - 4:00 Contributed paper session A - Session Chair: Bruce McCart - Science 120
3:00 - 4:00 Contributed paper session B - Session Chair: Conley Stutz - Science 304

Invited Talk

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

Dr. Lee Carkner
Director of the John Deere Planetarium
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois


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.

During the past year, Dr. Carkner was a post doctoral fellow at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics in Boulder, Colorado.

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 Contributed paper session C - Session Chair:  Lee Carkner - Science 120
8:30 - 9:50 Contributed paper session D - Session Chair:  Cecilia Vogel - Science 304
9:50 - 10:00 Take Fives at both sessions
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.

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

Panel Members

Diana Roth
 
Lanphier High School, Springfield, IL
Michael Lach
Lake View High School, Chicago, IL
Curtis Hieggelke
Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL
Fred Zurheide
Southern Illinois Univ. Edwardsville, IL

Panel Discussion

"Timely Trends in Teaching Physics"

Moderated by
Carl Wenning
Illinois State University

10:45 - 11:30         Science 102

  •    How, when, and in what settings do your students learn best?

  •    Describe your methods and media.

  •    How does physics education research inform your teaching?

  •    What methods of assessment are best?

  •    Questions from the audience.

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 - 2:45 Contributed paper session E - Session Chair:  David Renneke - Science 120
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) - description of workshop - Olin Technology Center 105
1:00 - 3:00 Workshop W4 - Repeat of Workshop W1 - "Hands-on Use of the Science Workshop 500 and 750 Interfaces", Tom Kuhn, Pasco Scientific - free but reservations are required (limit 15).   Note: There was a drawing among the participants in this workshop.  Kathy Qin received a free 750 interface valued at $795 - description of workshop - Science 119       photo
1:00 - 3:00 Workshop W5 - Repeat of Workshop W2 - "CASTLE Project - Electricity Visualized", Jay Cutler, Charles City High School, Charles City, Iowa - $10 registration fee (limit 16) - description of workshop - Science 107

Program chair:   David Renneke, Augustana College, 309-794-3403, FAX 309-794-7722
phrenneke@augustana.edu            photo           Last update: Nov. 4, 1999