"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

Friday, October 29, 1999

12:00 - 4:15 Registration - Science Building Lobby - First floor near south door (main entrance)
12:30 - 1:00 Tour of the new science building - Starts at the Registration Desk
1:15 - 2:30 First contributed paper session

 1:15 - 2:15 -  NOVA Video - Science 304
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 - 3:00 -  A1 - Science 304 - Session chair: Natalie Adolphi, Knox College

 3:00 - 3:20 -  A2

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.  This room will also be open all day Saturday.
6:00 - 6:30 Social time - Loft at the College Center - punch, coffee, fruit and cheese plate, pizza squares.
6:30 - 7:45 Banquet - Wilson Center at the College Center - Tossed salad, choice of entree: baked haddock, chicken kiev, or vegetarian (choose when registering in advance), wild rice, Scandinavian vegetables, upscale bread, cheese cake with blueberries.
   

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 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?

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 - Breakfast for the Council members will be available in these rooms starting at 7:00 am.  The menu will be announced here on Oct. 25.
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 Discussion


"Timely Trends in Teaching Physics"

Moderated by
Carl Wenning
Illinois State University


10:45 - 11:30         Science 102

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

   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 - Drink, sandwiches, etc. - choice of sandwich (smoked turkey, baked ham, or vegetarian) when registering in advance. 
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