Saturday,  October 24

California State University at Long Beach

Local Host:  CSULB Physics Department (with PhysTEC)


Order of Magnitude Question: What is the ratio of the number of stars in the galaxy to transistors on our planet?

SCAAPT charges $10 meeting fee to attendees. Meeting fee is waived for first-time SCAAPT attendees.

Meeting Location: Hall of Science (HSCI) 100

Map of CSULB Campus and parking info SCAAPT

If you are a K12 teacher who RSVPed and will be arriving at the start of the meeting, park in lot 5. A CSULB physics student will be there to give you your parking pass.  (Thanks go out to our PhysTEC hosts for this benefit!)  Otherwise, park in lots 4, 7, or 8, or the Foundation lot and pay for your own parking pass ($5) at the yellow kiosks.

Brunch will cost $5 per person; payable at the registration table.

The deadline for submitting an abstract has passed.

8:15-8:45 AM Registration, Refreshments, Exhibits
8:45-9:00 AM Welcome and Announcements
9:00-10:00 AM Graphene: the World’s Thinnest Crystal
Claudia Ojeda-Aristizabal, CSULB (PhysTEC Invited Speaker)
Atoms can arrange themselves in an organized way to form a crystalline solid. They do it naturally. The world’s thinnest crystal occurs naturally and it is only 1 atom thick! Before its discovery in 2004, the existence of such a thin crystal was believed impossible!   In this talk, I discuss the discovery of this singular 2-dimensional crystal graphene, and its close cousin the buckyball. Recently, a clear proof of the presence of this molecule in the outer space has been found! I will discuss potential applications in electronics for graphene and buckyballs and why Physicists are so excited about these materials.
10:15 AM Group Photo
10:15-11:00 AM

Brunch with a Physicist @ Chartroom

11:00-12:00 PM PhysTEC Student Panel
11:10- 11:30 AM SCAAPT

Show & Tell

Steve Paik – Sample range as a substitute for sample standard deviation -SCAAPT_range_slides    SCAAPT_range_notes

David Haley / James Lincoln – Physics Libraries of Southern California

Phil Gash -   Important Property of a Slinky’s Fundamental Oscillation Mode

11:30-11:45 AM SCAAPT Business Meeting
11:45-12:00 PM Quantum Eraser Demo with TeachSpin Double-Slit Apparatus   SCAAPT Quantum_Eraser 
Enson Chang, Azusa Pacific University
Quantum eraser is a fascinating demonstration of the complementarity principle, that the wave and particle natures of an object cannot be observed simultaneously. This talk discusses a quantum eraser demonstration in the single-photon regime with a double-slit apparatus from TeachSpin. This apparatus is already widely used in classrooms at Azusa Pacific University.
12:00-1:00 PM Why is the Sky Blue:  The Physics and History of a Great Question  Why is the Sky Blue_-2
Peter Pesic, St. Johns College, NM (Invited Speaker)
Why is the sky blue? A curious and little-known history lies behind this seemingly naive question, which perplexed even Newton. You may be surprised how much lies beyond oft-repeated “answers” to this perennial problem, which in some respects still remains open. A really good question stimulates deep interest and learning, showing how deeply history is entwined with physics.
1:00-1:15 PM AP Physics vs. IB Physics
Melissa Taylor, Huntington Beach High School
Unlike the AP Physics Tests,  IB Physics SL and HL are both algebra based which does limit their applicable credit. HL does contain the breadth covering many more topics than an introductory course, but the deep is missing in relation to the calculus inclusion.  The inclusion of the more advance material and options such as, quantum physics, astrophysics, and medical physics does allow this course to greatly aide in the success of students in college physics.  In this talk I discuss the similarities and differences between the AP and IB Courses and describe my experience as a teacher of both.
1:15-1:30 PM Update on NGSS in California    SCAAPT NGSS Update
Laura Henriques, CSULB
Get an update on NGSS implementation in California. Learn about the Curriculum Framework review process and opportunities for public feedback, timelines for state level assessments, resources to support NGSS implementation, and more.
1:30-1:50 PM The Story of Spaceflight before Nasa & Other Vintage Space Travel
Amy Shira Teitel, Vintage
SpaceAuthor and Youtube personality, Amy Shira Teitel, shares the details of her projects, and her new book about Spaceflight before NASA was founded in 1958.  This book and her other passion projects involve researching and reporting on the history of “Vintage Space,” which can be defined as the events and engineering details of spaceflight up to and including the time of the Space Shuttle Missions.
1:50-2:00 PM Afternoon Break
2:00-3:00 PM Pluto: An Enigma No More?  PlutoThroughMyWindshield
William M Owen, NASA
The recent Mission to Pluto has opened up a whole new world to us.  This long elusive loner, has in the past few decades been joined by a half-dozen or so other Trans-Neptune objects. What have we been able to learn from photographic data and radio mapping of the dwarf planet?  What new surprises still await?
3:00-3:20 PM Top 10 Rocks & Minerals for Teaching Physics
James Lincoln, President SCAAPT
You can do all these demos!  Most of these minerals are familiar, easy to acquire, and amazing! In this talk, I highlight the most useful minerals for illustrating Physics concepts. Radioactivity, Polarization, Density, Magnetism, Refraction, Diamagnetism, Spectra, Conductivity!  All minerals are naturally occurring and non-metals.
3:20-340 PM Physics and the NGSS: (more or less) How and Why?
Joseph Calmer Ed.D, Lawndale High School
This talk will focus on Physics teaching and the NGSS. The NGSS created the SEP and CCC elements, but they’re aligned to physics pedagogy. Then, the PE HS-PS4 will be discussed as an example of how the standards may change instruction and its emphasis. Finally, I will talk about the CCC of the NGSS.
3:40-4:00 PM Addressing NGSS through Science Fairs 1-Getting started 2016
Annie Maben, LA County Science & Engineering Fair/UCLA Science Project
With NGSS, schools are looking at Science Fairs as the ultimate culminating task for problem-based learning. Learn the benefits of the science research process; leave with over 600MB of resources to help facilitate choosing a topic, implement research, track student progress and produce displays.
4:00-4:15 PM The World Famous “Order of Magnitude Contest” and Door Prizes
4:15 PM Meeting Adjourns

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, seventy members of the Southern California Section of AAPT gathered at California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) for an exciting day filled with new physics and helpful advice for the classroom. The first portion of the meeting was conducted as a joint session between SCAAPT and CSULB PhysTEC’s annual open house. This included “Brunch with a Physicist”, where students and professors mingled and exchanged ideas.

The meeting was called to order by SCAAPT President James Lincoln, Galen Pickett of CSULB, Chuhee Kwon of CSULB, and Laura Henriques of CSULB.

The meeting included many fascinating invited presentations:

Claudia Ojeda-Aristizabal (CSULB) gave an overview of graphene and buckyballs. She discussed potential applications in electronics for graphene and buckyballs and why Physicists are so excited about these materials.

Peter Pesic (St. Johns College, NM) presented a thorough tour of the history behind the question- why is the sky blue? He began with the inquiries that scholars made into the nature of light and progressed though many studies on color, polarization and scattering. Among twists and turns of the solution pathway, he shared many ideas for demonstrations and presentations.

Bill Owen (NASA) described the history of Pluto exploration and the New Horizons mission. He gave a first-hand account of working on the New Horizons mission and watching the images come in from the spacecraft. Currently, the New Horizons mission is considering exploring additional Kuiper Belt Objects with the remaining fuel.

Several other SCAAPT members also gave engaging contributed presentations:

  • Enson Chang, Azusa Pacific University- Quantum Eraser Demo with TeachSpin Double-Slit Apparatus
  • Melissa Taylor, Huntington Beach High School- AP Physics vs. IB Physics
  • Laura Henriques, CSULB- Update on NGSS in California
  • Amy Shira Teitel, Vintage Space- The Story of Spaceflight before NASA & Other Vintage Space Travel
  • James Lincoln, President SCAAPT- Top 10 Rocks & Minerals for Teaching Physics
  • Joseph Calmer, Lawndale High School- Physics and the NGSS: (more or less) How and Why?
  • Annie Maben, LA County Science & Engineering Fair/UCLA Science Project- Addressing NGSS through Science Fairs

The ever-popular Show ‘n’ Tell featured demonstrations by Steve Paik (Sample range as a substitute for sample standard deviation) and David Haley & James Lincoln (Physics Libraries of Southern California)

The meeting ended with our traditional “World Famous Order of Magnitude Question” discussion, led by Bill Layton, and the raffle of donated door prizes.

SCAAPT thanks its corporate sponsors –Arbor Scientific, Educational Innovations and PASCO– for their support and donation of door prizes. SCAAPT thanks the CSULB Physics Department and CSULB chapter of PhysTEC for hosting the meeting and providing the high school teachers who attended free parking and brunch. Thanks also to Bradley “Peanut” McCoy, for serving as Program Chair of the meeting.

The Southern California Section will hold its next meeting in the spring. Please bookmark the SCAAPT homepage and check for more information in the winter.