Physics Club Activities

Student Physics Society - Seven Roles
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The Whale Galaxy

Upcoming Events and Ongoing Projects

  • The next meeting of the Physics Club will be at 11:30 pm on Thursday, Sep. 15 in Science 120.    Come for free pizza and to help make plans for the year.  The annual club picture will be taken.
  • Possible field trip on Sep. 27-28 to "Legacy of Einstein", Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
  • Special guest John Rigden will be giving a talk about Einstein at 11:30 am on Thursday, Oct. 6 in Science 304.  He is the author of a new book callled "Einstein 1905 - The Standard of Greatness".  He will also be giving a public lecture at the Bettendorf Public Library at 7:00 pm on the same day.  Club members have been invited to do some physics demos from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the library.  Here is a complete list of activities for their "Einstein's Big Idea" events in September and October.
2005-2006 Officers

SPS National

Club Photo taken September 16, 2004

Highlights from 2004-2005
  • Panel discussion on "The Origins of the Universe",  Nov. 10, 2004
  • Outreach to elementary schools - Dec. 9, Jan. 27, Feb. 10.
  • Christmas party featuring liquid nitrogen ice cream
  • Special Open House to celebrate the World Year of Physics 2005 - Sunday, Mar. 13, 2005
  • Panel discussion on "The End of the Universe", Apr. 25, 2005
  • Lunch at Dr. Sieglaff's home in Moline, Apr. 30, 2005
  • Attended the new movie, "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", Apr. 30, 2005
  • Astronomy Day Open House featuring Jupiter and Saturn, 8:30-10:00 pm, Apr. 30, 2005
  • All seniors and their families were invited to a reception on Commencement Day, Sunday, May 22, 2004 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in Science 120.  Dessert was served and a group picture of the seniors was taken at 1:30 pm.

Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Banquet - April 18, 2005

The guest speaker was Dr. Scott Dodelson,
"Dark Energy in the Universe".

First row:  Sarah Goodpaster and Colleen McGehee.
Second row:  Travis Tate and Peter Petrek.

Outreach program - January 27 and February 10, 2005.  Presenters: Tom Foss, Dan Barrett and Marc Landeweer


Charged hair

Diffraction grating

Flying packing peanuts

Christmas party, Dec. 16, 2004 -- Dr. Carkner making ice cream flavored with red and green M & Ms.

Mixing the ingredients

Adding liquid nitrogen

Enjoying the ice cream

Lee and his son Grant

Outreach program - Franklin School, Dec. 9, 2004.  Presenters: Dan Barrett, Tom Foss, Mike Chastain and Ammon Paquette.

The class

Van de Graaff generator

Flying cereal

Liquid nitrogen demo
Highlights from 2003-2004
  • Physics Club field trip to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Thursday, April 8, 2004
  • All physics majors were invited to Dr. McCart's retirement party on Saturday, April 17, 2004 in the Wilson Center.  He was presented with his own "I heart McCart" shirt.  His family and friends came to help him celebrate his 39 years of teaching physics at Augustana.
  • 35th Anniversary Open House - Physics Club members helped with the telescopes at the observatory on Saturday, May 1, 2004.
  • We all learned about superstring theory from the expert - Dr. Brian Greene, "Breakthrough: Challenging What We Know" - public lecture on Monday, May 3, 2004 at 7:00 pm in the Olin Auditorium.  Informal discussion with Dr. Greene occurred on Tuesday, May 4 at 10:30 am in Science 102.  Dr. Greene is author of the book "The Elegant Universe" and narrated the corresponding program on PBS.
  • All seniors and their families were invited to a reception on Commencement Day, Sunday, May 23, 2004 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in Science 120.  Dessert was served and a group picture of the seniors was taken at 1:30 pm.  Nobel Laureate, Dr. Dan Tsui (class of 1961), joined us for pictures and conversation.

Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Banquet - May 4, 2004

First row:  Thomas Foss and William Rock.  Second row:  Andrew Beane, Craig Steinhauser and James Eddy.  The guest speaker was Lee Carkner, "CCD Observations of Asteroids".

Highlights from 2002-2003

Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Banquet - April 16, 2003

First row:  Ammon Paquette, Kristin Hanekamp, Randall Bill, Chris Johnson.  Second row:  Kevin Wierzbicki, Peter Schlichting, Mihailo Backovic, John Mischler, Kevin Murphy.  The guest speaker was John Goree, "Making a Plasma Act Like a Crystal".

Some Physics Links
  National Supercomputing Centers
    Argonne National Laboratory
      Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Physics Outreach Programs at Other Schools
Physics Van - University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

SPS Chapters, Zones and Programs
  National SPS
    SPS zone 9 - Augustana belongs to this zone
      Links to other SPS zones and chapters
        SPS programs

Augustana SPS Archive
  Some history of our chapter - starting in 1996
    SPS page on Sep. 17, 2001
      SPS page on May 12, 2002
        SPS page on Mar. 17, 2003
          SPS page on Sep. 9, 2003 - club picture for 2002-2004
            SPS page on Sep. 13, 2004 - club picture for 2003-2004
              SPS page on Sep. 7, 2005 - club picture for 2004-2005

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Last modified: September 7, 2005