New Physics Teacher Workshops – E&M

Next month there will be two workshops on Electricity and Magnetism. You or someone you know could benefit from attending these.  Please share this information with a new physics teacher.

Determine which workshop is right for you
RSVP at the link below
Rejoice and be glad

New Physics Teacher Workshop – Electricity & Magnetism
Saturday Jan 13 @ San Diego State University
RSVP at this link
Meeting is free with free equipment giveaways

New Physics Teacher Workshop – Electricity & Magnetism
Saturday Jan 20 @ Loyola Marymont University – Los Angeles
RSVP at this link
Meeting is free with free equipment giveaways

Free Workshop! Free Materials!! Free Lunch!!!  Free Parking!!!!

Active Learning Short Course

Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning—June 19-21, 2018, Portland, Oregon

Designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools. Graduate credit will be available through the University of Oregon. (Up to three graduate credits from the University of Oregon will be available for an additional $90/credit.)

Instructors: David Sokoloff, University of Oregon and Ronald Thornton, Tufts University

Participants will be introduced to research-validated, classroom-tested strategies for each component of the introductory course that have been demonstrated to improve learning. These include Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), RealTime Physics (RTP) labs, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Workshop Physics (WP), Physics with Video Analysis (PVA), and related online video analysis exercises. The course will also include the use of video analysis to identify analytic functions describing real data. Among other more recent developments are (1) 3rd ed. RTP E & M labs using video analysis, (2) ILDs using clickers, (3) online homework using Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs), and (4) distance learning and in class labs using the self-contained, wireless IOLab (or other wireless data acquisition devices). Topics will be chosen from both semesters of introductory physics. Research on the effectiveness of these strategies will also be discussed.

The tools and software used in these active learning curricula are compatible with Macintosh and Windows OS, and with the popular interfaces and sensors. Participants will receive complimentary printed copies of the curricula (published by Wiley and Vernier, and also available for high school use as the ABP High School E-dition). Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite, a comprehensive book by E.F. Redish (University of Maryland) on strategies for implementing physics education research-based curricula, will also be distributed.

The course fee is $225. (Early bird registration until […]

CSULB Colloquium- Dec 4

California State University Long Beach
Monday, December 4, 2017
11:15 am in PH1-223
(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCl-224)
The Next Questions in Neutrino Physics
Prof. Ryan Patterson
California Institute of Technology

The discovery that neutrinos are massive particles has opened up a host of new questions with connections to particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.  The NOvA long-baseline neutrino experiment is addressing the next unknowns in the neutrino sector, including the ordering of the neutrino masses, details of flavor mixing, and whether neutrinos respect CP symmetry.  After a review of the physics context, I will discuss NOvA’s experimental design, physics program, and recent results.  I will also introduce the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), an ambitious next-generation project for neutrino science and nucleon decay searches.

Show your SCAAPT spirit

We’re proud to announce that you can now purchase shirts, mugs, tote bags and more with our section’s logo.  Not only do these items make a great holiday gift for yourself (or others in your department), but they are also a great way of showing your SCAAPT pride when you attend the upcoming national meeting in San Diego.


To see the options and make a purchase, visit our on-line store.

All proceeds go to helping us improve physics instruction throughout the region with by supporting our meetings, workshops and other resources.


Physics/Physical Science Teacher Needed

Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School in Irvine is currently looking for qualified part time (80%) Physics/Physical Science Teacher for the spring semester – January 2, 2018 – June 13, 2018.

Position Summary:

The teacher will plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. To attend and participate in daily school activities, School-sponsored after school, evening and/or weekend activities.

Qualifications (preferred):

Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
Relevant teaching experience
Knowledge of relevant technology

The position will be for up to 4 classes (80% position) for the spring semester – January 2, 2018- June 13, 2018.  These classes include: AP Physics 1, Physics, 8th grade Physical Science and Coding: Python.

To apply, go to: and attach resume/cover letter.

Please consider donating to SCAAPT

The Southern California Association of Physics Teachers is the oldest and largest organization of physics teachers in SoCal. Our traditional Spring and Fall Meetings enable physics teachers to come together to share ideas and learn from each other. Along with these popular events, we are expanding the wildly popular New Physics Teacher Workshops and can use additional support.  We have also recently established the SCAAPT Physics Library (books, lab equipment and other items) and can use financial and equipment donations to strengthen this resource for local teachers and students.

In order to serve our members better, we are a federally recognized non-profit organization which means that your financial donations are tax-deductible. We ask that you consider making a donation to SCAAPT so we may continue helping physics teachers and students throughout the region.

To donate online, visit the SCAAPT website.  If you prefer, you can mail a check to:

PO Box 11032
Newport Beach, CA

CSULB colloquium- Nov 27

California State University Long Beach
Monday, November 27, 2017
11:15 am in PH1-223
(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCl-224)
A Curious Supergravity Story
Prof. Zvi Bern Physics & Astronomy Department University of California Los Angeles

For the past 35 years nearly all theoretical physicists have believed that all quantum gravity theories based on Einstein’s general relativity necessarily must be ill defined. This is the well-known nonrenormalizability problem of gravity. But is it actually true in general? We describe recent calculations that cast doubt on this simple picture and show that quantum gravity is much tamer than believed possible. The new calculations make use of enormous advances in our ability to compute scattering amplitudes in quantum field theory, including exploiting nontrivial “double copy” relations between gravity theories and gauge theories.

Part-time PHYS and ASTR instructors wanted

MiraCosta College in north San Diego County is currently looking for qualified part-time physics and astronomy instructors for this spring. Classes begin January 22, 2018.

There are openings for the following courses:

ASTR 201: Introductory Astronomy, Tu/Th 1:30-2:45pm, Oceanside Campus
PHYS 151: Principles of Physics I, Tu/Th 7:30-10:15am, San Elijo Campus
PHYS 253: Principles of Physics III, Mo/We 2:30-5:15pm, San Elijo Campus

They are also accepting applications on an ongoing basis to increase our pool of available part-time physics instructors.

To apply, go to and click on “Search Postings” in the menu on the left. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Physics/Astronomy” under “Discipline or Department.”

Contact Erika Peters ( with any questions, and feel free to pass this message on to anyone who might be interested.

High school physics free event at UCR

High School Physics Educators are cordially invited in a 1-day FREE event taking place at the UC Riverside Alumni Center on Saturday December 9, 2017.
This event is meant to be an opportunity to meet past participants of the UCR Summer Physics Academy and learn new strategies for your classroom.


Here are some of the anticipated topics:

Review of summer experience and feedback
New and improved resources for the HS physics classroom
Collaborative activity planning and Demo Sharing
Key note speakers:

Dr. Anderson- What Freshmen Need to be Prepared for Success in College Science Classes.
Dr. Barsukov Spintronics presentation and demos

Please, share this information with other physics educators.

CSULB Colloquium- Nov 13

California State University Long Beach
Monday, November 13, 2017
11:15 am in PH1-223
(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCl-224)
Density Functional Theory and its Applications to Physics and Chemistry

Dr. Kurt Fredrickson
Applied Materials (Sunnyvale, CA)

Density functional theory (DFT) is a widely-used computational tool in academia and industry that has been successful in predicting a wide variety of physical phenomena. Its ability to balance computational cost and accuracy allows to it be used for a wide variety of technologically important properties at the atomic scale, such as band gaps, band offsets, and binding energies. In this talk, I will present my doctoral and postdoctoral work in DFT and its applications in physics, chemistry, and engineering, including interface modeling, chemical deposition, and catalysis. I will also mention its importance to industry and some applications to industrial problems.