The Spring SCAAPT Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 8 at Loyola Marymount University. We are pleased to open registration for the optional morning workshops. Before the formal portion of the meeting, there will be two concurrent workshops in which members can participate. There is no cost for either workshop. Space is limited for both, so please register your preferences soon. Descriptions for both are shown below.

Please complete the online registration form if you are interested in participating in one of the morning workshops.

Don’t forget, if you wish to reserve a box lunch, you need to fill out the online reservation form. Driving directions and parking information (including the price of parking… $0!), can be found on the meeting webpage. Don’t forget- we are scheduled to have several wonderful invited presentations: Walter Buell will share insights on preparing physics majors for the workforce that are based on his personal experience in industry and his work on the recent Phys 21 report, Jonas Mureika will discuss new ideas in quantum gravity based on models with one or two dimensions, and Michelle Feynman will present personal stories of her father, Richard Feynman.

Morning workshop descriptions:

Incorporating Astronomical concepts in General Physics- John Bulman (Loyola Marymount University)

This workshop is a hands on program that has three modules. Participants work with three concepts in Astronomy. The first deals with Kepler’s Three Laws of Planetary Motion. They will construct ellipses of different eccentricities and understand the location of the Sun and the planet. Working with these ellipses, Kepler’s second law, equal area in equal time ,is examined. Kepler’s third law is derived for circular orbits.

The second module is to construct a scale model of the solar system using 8 spheres of different sizes and one meter to equal one Astronomical Unit [ 1AU]. A result of this scale model is to have one see the reason for the differentiation between the four closest to the Sun planets, the Terrestrials, and the four outer planets, the Jovians.

The final module is a in-class demonstration of the proton-proton chain, the nuclear reaction that takes place in the core of the Sun, that is responsible for the tremendous energy production of the Sun. This demonstration uses tennis balls to simulate protons and requires the whole class participation. It introduces the concepts of mass to energy conversion, nuclear binding energy, the strong nuclear force, quantum mechanical tunneling , and the mysterious particle the neutrino.

 

Hands-On Demo Session- Anatol Hoemke (Loyola Marymount University)

Spend some time trying out some lecture demonstrations that are old favorites, some that are new to you, and some that you’ve maybe seen but not had the chance to try for yourself. The host will have a selection of demos on display that will be presented and left available for you to have a look at and try out. The session will be informal, allowing you to explore the demonstrations at your own pace and discuss them with both the host and fellow attendees. Consider this a “try-and-tell” more so than a “show-and-tell”.