Spring Meeting - Illinois and Chicago Sections of the AAPT

Tools for Teaching, Revisited
New physics courses at the University of Illinois April 14-15, 2000
Department of Physics
University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois  61801-3080

X-ray images taken by Chandra

Program Details - A hard copy will be available at the registration desk | Newsletter - Spring 2000

Here is information about parking near Loomis Lab, including a map.  If you are coming on Friday before 5:00 pm, read this information right now!

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 | symposium
Urbana-Champaign area - motels | campus maps | directions

You are encouraged to register early for lodging because there is another very large conference in Champaign/Urbana at the same time.  Please note the individual deadlines on the motel list.

Note that the deadline for "Call for Papers" and the Friday banquet
and Saturday box lunch reservations was Friday, April 7.

A  special reminder for students:  As in the past, this spring you have an opportunity to win an award for your contributed paper in the Student Research Symposium.  Remember, to be considered you must register for the meeting and submit an abstract ahead of time.  Please indicate in the comment box of the online form that you wish to be in the symposium.  Call for judges:  We need instructors to serve as judges for this symposium.  Please indicate on your registration form if you are willing to serve.

Friday, April 14, 2000

10:00 - 12:00 Registration - Loomis Laboratory Main Lobby - just outside of 151 Loomis.  Please make out your checks to "ISAAPT".  Coffee, tea, lemonade and cookies.

10:30 - 12:00

Workshop W1"Hands (and Minds)-On Experiences with an Introductory Lab: Standing Waves", Prof. Ali Yazdani, 64 Loomis.  Limit 20
10:30 - 12:00 Workshop W2"Hands (and Minds)-On Experiences with an Introductory Lab: Simple Harmonic Motion", Prof. Susan Lamb, 232 Loomis.  Limit 20
10:30 - 12:00 Workshop W3"How to Work with Tycho, a Suite of Interactive Web Tools",  Dennis Kane, 257 Loomis.  Limit 37
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch - see the restaurant suggestions and related map
1:00 - 3:00 Registration - Loomis Laboratory Main Lobby - just outside of 151 Loomis.
1:00 - 1:05 Welcome - David Campbell, Head of Physics at UIUC - 151 Loomis
1:05 - 2:00 Invited talk - "Tools for Teaching, Revisited"  Results and Lessons Learned!" - Prof. Gary Gladding, UIUC - 151 Loomis
2:00 - 2:15 Break - coffee, tea and lemonade with bagels and cookies - Loomis Lobby - just outside of 151
2:15 - 3:45 Contributed paper session A - Educational Issues and Methods - 151 Loomis
3:45 - 4:15 Contributed paper session B - Student and Faculty Research - 141 Loomis
4:15 - 4:30 Break - coffee, tea and lemonade with fruit, bagels and cookies - Loomis Lobby - just outside of 151
4:30 - 5:30 Invited talk - "What the Web Can Do for You:  Opportunities for Introductory Physics Courses" - Dr. Tim Stelzer, UIUC - 151 Loomis
5:30 - 6:30 Free time
6:30 - 7:00 Social time - cash bar open on the second floor of the Levis Faculty Center, located on Illinois Street (across the street to the east from Krannert Center for the Performing Arts), approximately two blocks southeast
of Loomis Laboratory of Physics.
7:00           Banquet - second floor of the Levis Faculty Center.  Presentation of the Outstanding High School Physics Teacher Award by the Illinois section.  Door prizes.

Invited Talk

"The Chandra X-ray Observatory"

Dr. Harvey Tananbaum

Director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Chandra X-ray Center

8:15 - 9:15         Levis Faculty Center

The third of NASA's four Great Observatories, the Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched aboard the Shuttle Columbia on July 23, 1999.  Using an Inertial Upper Stage and an internal propulsion system, Chandra was raised to highly elliptical orbit ranging from 10,000 km to 140,000 km.  After a successful activation of all spacecraft, telescope and science instrument systems, Chandra began observing celestial targets in August.  Right from the start, Chandra has provided spectacular images of supernova remnants, star clusters, active galaxies, and clusters of galaxies.  This presentation will provide highlights from the first 8 months of Chandra observations of the most fiery aspects of the heavens, with an emphasis on exploding stars and black holes.

   

Saturday, April 15, 2000

7:00 - 8:00 ISAAPT Council meeting - 358 Loomis - Agenda
7:50          Coffee, tea and orange juice with donuts and cheese danish - Loomis Lobby, just outside 151
7:50 - 9:30 Registration - Loomis Laboratory Main Lobby - just outside of 151 Loomis
8:15 - 9:30 Contributed paper session C - Educational Issues and Methods - 151 Loomis
8:15 - 9:30 Contributed paper session D - Student and Faculty Research - 141 Loomis
9:30 - 9:45 Break - coffee, tea and orange juice with donuts and cheese danish - Loomis Lobby, just outside 151
9:45 - 10:45 Invited talk - "A New Approach to the Teaching of Algebra-Based Introductory Physics", Prof. David Hertzog, UIUC, 151 Loomis
10:45 - 11:00 Break - coffee, tea and cookies - Loomis Lobby - just outside of 151
11:00 - 12:00 Contributed paper session E - Student and Faculty Research - 151 Loomis
11:00 - 12:00 Contributed paper session F - Student and Faculty Research - 141 Loomis
12:00 - 1:00 Box lunch and general combined meeting of both sections, concluding with awards - 151 Loomis.  Ordered box lunches can be picked up in the lobby just outside of 151 Loomis.  Make sure to order your box lunch when registering.
1:30 - 2:30 The after-the-meeting tour of CAVE at Beckman (a virtual reality environment) has been cancelled.  It seems that the time has been fully booked for researchers (they do have first priority).  This is exceptional - but the next time you are on campus don't hesitate to try a visit. Visiting policies are on their Web page at http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Vis/tours.html. There are "no charge" tours open to the public, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm every Monday and from 11:00 am to noon every Thursday.  Arrangements must be made at least a week in advance.
   
The local contact for sending forms by regular mail or FAX and for checking on classroom and lab facilities is the departmental secretary: If you have any problems with submitting information via the online forms or if there are corrections to be made, contact the person who maintains these pages:
Cindy Hubert
Department of Physics
University of Illinois
1110 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801-3080 
Phone: 217-333-3761
FAX: 217-333-9819
chubert@uiuc.edu
David R. Renneke, Sec.-Treas. of ISAAPT
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Augustana College
Rock Island, IL 61201-2296
Phone: 309-794-3403
FAX:  309-794-7722
phrenneke@augustana.edu

 

The program chair for this meeting is:
Jack Mochel
Professor Emeritus of Physics
Loomis Laboratory of Physics
1110 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801-3080
j-mochel@uiuc.edu

Last update:  April 13, 2000