Physics Club Activities

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Upcoming Events and Ongoing Projects

  • The next meeting of the Physics Club will be on Thursday, September 28, at 11:30 am in Science 120.  Chris Gallick is the acting president for the fall term.

       The two photos on the left were taken at the fireworks show on May 7, 2000.   The other three were taken
       at the Pyrotechnics Class on April 29, 2000.  Click on any of the photos to see a larger image.

At Mike Farrier's fireworks show - May 7, 2000 Looking across the pond at the fireworks show - May 7, 2000 Lee Carkner (center) and Marsha Smith (right) Left to right:  Wes Calvert, Jim Schuetz, Andrea Jaeger Cecilia Vogel launching a rocket at Ericson field
  • Dr. Thomas Rossing of the physics department at Northern Illinois University was on campus on April 6, 2000.    He was our guest at the Sigma Pi Sigma honor banquet that evening and then gave a public lecture on "Acoustics of Caribbean Steel Drums" in Science 102 at 7:00 pm.
  • Members of the Physics Club made posters for the April 6-7, 2000 observatory open house in conjunction with the Conjunction of Planets.
  • On Feb. 17, 2000, the Physics Club watched the 52 minute video,  "If We Had No Moon".
  • The observatory was open to the public to view the total eclipse of the moon on the evening of Jan. 20, 2000.  Viewing was fine until about 9:30 when the sky became mostly cloudy.  Totality was from 10:04 to 11:22 pm.  Members of the Physics Club helped with the telescopes and a number of other things related to the Planetarium program and the moon slide show in the John Deere Lecture Hall.

These photos were taken during the lunar eclipse on Jan. 20, 2000 

Outreach program - Franklin, Moline

In the John Deere Lecture Hall On the circle drive west of the planetarium
  • Plans  to watch the Geminid meteor shower at 10:00 pm on December 13, 1999, and the Quadranid meteor shower at 2:00 am on Jan. 4, 2000, were cancelled because of cloudy weather.
  • There was a good turnout for the Leonid Meteor Shower program on Nov. 17-18.  We didn't see any impacts on the moon using the telescope in the observatory but we looked at a number of other things.  Students, physics faculty and their spouses all enjoyed watching the meteors in the country from about 11:30 pm to 1:45 am with mild temperatures around 50 degrees.  The moon set and we had a great view of the Orion Nebula (M42/M43) with the 8" telescope.  Special thanks for the hot chocolate and hot cider provided by Andrea Jaeger and Cecilia Vogel.
  • Thanks to all of you who helped with the ISAAPT meeting on Oct. 29-30, 1999 - Andrea Jaeger, Chris Gallick, Wes Calvert, Joel Biskie, Derek Strom, Craig Cwik, and Tiffany Tobler.  Your assistance was extremely valuable - making signs, making name tags, decorating 108, conducting tours on both days, working at the registration desk, and helping people use the 8" telescope set up on the sidewalk.  You guys were great!
  • Daily Sunsor UVB report - Mid-day UV measurements taken with a hand-held digital detector are currently being taken every day at Augustana and sent in by e-mail by Dr. Renneke.
  • Topics of discussion at past meetings (Winter 1999-2000)

  Officers for 1999-2000   Officers for 2000-2001
        (starting in March, 2000)

A group picture of the club taken in November, 1998: Physics Club
1999-2000 club president demonstrating the Van de Graaff generator, November, 1998: Andrea Jaeger

Some of the events during the 1998-99 school year

A group picture of the club taken on October 9, 1997: Physics Club (62K jpg)
A picture of the officers taken on October 9, 1997: 1997-98 Officers (45K jpg)

Some of the events during the 1997-98 school year

Some of the events during the 1996-97 school year

Some of the previous year's highlights

Some Physics Links

Physics Outreach Programs at Other Schools

SPS Chapters, Zones and Programs

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Last modified: September 17, 2000