November 5

UC Riverside

Local Host: Maria Simani


Order of Magnitude question: How much area on the earth in hectares would be required to supply the entire electrical energy needs of the US using only photovoltaics?

The meeting will take place in room 2000 of the Physics Building. (Campus map)

Please park in Lot 13 Blue and look for volunteers who will be handing out parking vouchers.

Lunches will be available for $10 each.  Attendees will have the opportunity to select from an assortment of Subway sandwiches. Those interested in reserving a lunch, need to complete this online form prior to October 31. (Deadline has passed.)

The deadline for submitting contributed abstracts has passed.

8:15-9:30 AM Registration, Refreshments, Exhibits
8:30-9:30 AM Workshop: Liquid Nitrogen Demonstrations for High School and College James Lincoln
Many teachers are interested in bringing liquid nitrogen demonstrations into their classrooms, but are unsure of how to get it and uncertain about the safety concerns. This workshop is the answer to those questions and many others. James Lincoln will demonstrate how to use liquid nitrogen safely and explain how high school teachers can acquire it the night before and bring a few liters safely to their classrooms for about 30 dollars. Included in this talk are various demonstrations (classics and original) of thermodynamics, electrodynamics, superconductivity, and of phase changes! Learn also how to make and use liquid oxygen and even how to produce solid nitrogen by evaporative cooling. Cost – FREE!
9:30-9:50 AM Welcome and Announcements Cliff Gerstman, SCAAPT President; Kenneth Barish, University of California, Riverside, Chair of Department of Physics and Astronomy
9:50-10:05 AM The early UCR experience as a perfect preparation for becoming a physics teacher Bill Layton, University of California, Los Angeles
It has been over 60 years since UCR was first opened. In the winter semester of 1954 a small group of about 120 students met and were greeted as the entire student body of the new university. Two of us were to become the first physics majors and this talk will describe my experiences during these early days.
10:05-10:35 AM Introducing new students to careers in physics Owen Long, University of California, Riverside (Invited)
Physics 39, Adventures in Physics, is an orientation class for new physics majors at UC Riverside. The objectives of the course are to inform the students about careers open to physicists, research opportunities within the department, and to engage them with discussions of material from Richard Muller’s textbook Physics and Technology for Future Presidents. We hope to inspire the students and help them with the daunting task of planning their future.
10:35-10:50 AM Standards Based Grading in the Physics Classroom Chija Bauer, La Salle High School
I made the switch to Standards Based Grading (SBG) 6 years ago. This has been an eyeopening experience for many reasons. I will share what is SBG, and why I made the switch. Benefits (some expected and some surprise) that my students and I have experienced with this system. I will also share some challenges and pitfalls of using SBG. sbg-scaapt-f16, (For those who are interested, here are my learning goals for honors:honors-physics-fall-2016, and my learning goals for  AP Physics C-Mechanics ap-physics-lg-2016-17.)
10:50-11:50 AM Research and reality: similar implementations of interactive classroom learning with dissimilar outcomes Laura Tucker, University of California, Irvine (Invited)
A body of literature in physics education shows that students taught with interactive methods have higher gains in content knowledge and retention in STEM majors. While these results include data from a variety of classrooms, instructors, and student populations, and show very strong trends, results from individual classrooms can vary. We will discuss implementations of very similar classroom techniques by the same instructor, with similar student populations, but which resulted in surprisingly different student response.The speaker is interested in hearing about your experience (short, five-question survey:
12:00-1:15 PM Lunch
1:15-1:30 PM Show & Tell (Sign up when you check in)
1:30-1:45 PM The Falkirk Wheel Harry Manos, Los Angeles City College
The Falkirk Wheel, located in Falkirk, Scotland, is a boatlift used in place of locks. It is an engineering marvel that applies Archimedes’ principles of levers and buoyancy. This talk and demonstration will show slides of the Falkirk Wheel and explain how Archimedes’ principles are applied in its use.
1:45-2:00 PM Intervention to Prevent Degradation of Students’ Epistemologies Peanut McCoy, Azusa Pacific University
In a typical first physics class, students’ epistemological beliefs about the nature of science and learning become less expert-like. I will outline a low-impact classroom intervention based on daily brief discussions of aspects of characteristics of scientists. In a quasi-experimental study of the effect of this intervention on students’ epistemologies using the EBAPS survey instrument, I have found that the intervention has prevented the typical decreases in epistemology. (Instructor’s Guide)
2:00-2:30 PM Activities to Illustrate the Statistical Nature of Entropy Jeff Phillips, Loyola Marymount University
While entropy is often described as “disorder,” it is better thought of as a measure of how spread out energy is within a system. To illustrate this interpretation of entropy, several activities will be demonstrated. Central to the activities is the Einstein solid model, that allows students to observe how a system evolves as energy is allowed to move within it. By studying how the class’s ensemble of systems evolves, the tendency of energy to spread, rather than concentrate, can be observed. (Class handouts, link to The Physics Teacher article)
2:30-3:00 PM Using CK-12’s Open Educational Resources to Increase Student Engagement  Sonia Tye, CK-12 Foundation
CK-12 offers open educational resources (OER) that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, and on any device – for free! CK-12 FlexBooks® are digital textbooks that can be customized to fit your specific course. CK-12 also features an interactive Concept Map, an Adaptive Assessment tool and a large collection of Physics Simulations (SIMs). Learn how CK-12 physics resources can help you cut down on the cost of expensive textbooks, update your curriculum, and engage students.
3:00-3:15 PM Teaching for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Lee Loveridge, Pierce College
There are a wide variety of ways that we as teachers spend our Summers, to vacation, to gain new experience, to hone our teaching skills, to experience different students, and to increase our income. I will talk about my experiences working for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and the special challenges and opportunities that it presented
3:15-3:30 PM Constructing equipment for the New Physics Teacher Workshop Bill Layton, University of California, Los Angeles
Some of the best equipment I have used in my career as a physics teacher is very simple and has been self constructed. This talk will discuss a few examples of the equipment that has been constructed for the NPTW with an effort to find out how well they have been received.
3:30PM The World Famous “Order of Magnitude Contest” and Door Prizes Meeting Adjourns

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, fifty members of the Southern California Section of AAPT gathered at University of California, Riverside (UCR) for an exciting day filled with new physics and helpful advice for the classroom.

James Lincoln kicked off the day with a “cool” workshop on the uses of liquid nitrogen in the physics classroom. He described how to procure liquid nitrogen, safety procedures and a multitude of demonstrations, including several of his own creation. After the debris of smashed flowers, tomatoes and gummy worms was cleaned up, the meeting began. The meeting was called to order by SCAAPT President Cliff Gerstman and Kenneth Barish, Chair of UCR Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The meeting included several fascinating invited presentations:

Laura Tucker, University of California, Irvine, discussed some of the subtleties of implementing interactive methods in a classroom and how slight differences can result in different student responses. She shared examples and data from her own teaching and research experience.

Owen Long, University of California, Riverside, shared his experiences teaching an orientation course for new physics majors at UCR, that included information about local research opportunities and careers in physics. To further the engagement of students, he makes significant usage of material from Richard Muller’s textbook Physics and Technology for Future Presidents.

Several other SCAAPT members also gave engaging contributed presentations:

The ever-popular Show ‘n’ Tell featured demonstrations by Gary Reynolds (challenges of 100% graduation rate), Cliff Gerstman (battle bot competitions), James Lincoln (sound and light demos), Bryn Bishop (surprising air pressure demo), Bob Baker (Quarknet), Harry Manos (Archimedes demo), and David Sumida (measuring coefficients of friction).

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

SCAAPT thanks its corporate sponsors –Arbor Scientific, and PASCO– for their support and donation of door prizes. SCAAPT thanks Maria Simani and the UCR Physics Department for hosting the meeting. Thanks also to Chad Kishimoto, for serving as Program Chair of the meeting.