Saturday March 23rd, 2019

University of La Verne

Local Host: Dr. Preisler

Sponsors: Pasco, CPO Science

Order of Magnitude question:

How many Carbon Dioxide molecules were exhaled by humans in 2018?

The University of La Verne

1950 Third Street

La Verne, CA 91750

Parking will be free in Lot A or B see the map.

Lunch will be burritos from Rubios that may be purchased for $10, please select what type of burrito you would like before Tuesday March 19th by filling out the form here: Registration Form Lunch registration is now closed but you can still attend the meeting.
8:00-9:45 AM Registration, Refreshments
8:30-9:30 AM Workshop: “What’s New from PASCO in Physics” Brett Sackett, PASCO
9:40-9:45 AM Welcome and Announcements
9:45-10:00 AM Integrating writing into the undergraduate physics curriculum Vanessa Preisler, University of La VerneThe ability to communicate well, in particular in writing, is an essential skill that physics majors will need in order to be successful in the workforce, regardless of the career path they pursue after graduation. However most physics program have only a minimal about of writing integrated into their physics curriculum. This presentation will discuss how the Physics Program at the University of La Verne has implemented changes in order to incorporate writing throughout the undergraduate physics curriculum.
10:00-10:15 AM Building Math and Literacy Skills Using Physics Performance Tasks Jennifer Scholz, Simon Technology High SchoolThe new CAST and CAASPP tests require students to apply general physics and science concepts to new content presented in short passages. In addition, it is becoming increasingly evident that the largest gaps in student abilities for college are reading comprehension and mathematical reasoning. This talk will focus on how to incorporate building language and math skills into performance tasks, modeled after the structure of these standardized assessments. There will also be several pre-made performance tasks available for download.
10:15-10:30 AM Challenge Problems: Reasons for Students’ Choices Peanut McCoy, Azusa Pacific UniversityOn homework assignments, students were given a choice of completing five warm-up exercises or one challenge problem. I will present data on how often students chose the challenge problem and characteristics of students who chose the challenge problem. I will also show survey data for why students said that they did or did not choose the challenge problem.
10:30-10:45 AM 10 things you need to know about electricity and magnetism Ildar Salakhutdinov, California State Polytechnic University, PomonaElectricity and magnetism are probably the most important parts of general physics, we live in electrical civilization. So, here I am going to outline the most important concepts regarding this branch of general physics. Firstly, the entire area can be fully described by Maxwell equations which have all necessary information about electricity and magnetism. In this short introduction I will outline most important concepts about electromagnetism and electric circuitry.
10:45-11:00 AM Evaluation and measurement of errors Gabriel Freiman, Occidental CollegeThe evaluation of errors is a very central aspect in many scientific disciplines. As part of the physics curriculum, our non-major and major students at Occidental College work during laboratory sessions on the meaning of error (random error, uncertainties) and how to best evaluate it. There is a lot of misunderstanding on this subject. I am planning to give, through some examples taken from laboratory experiments, a quick overview of the main difficulties our students struggle with and how we try to address them.
11:00-11:30 AM Show & Tell (Sign up when you check in)
11:30 AM-12:00 PM Business Meeting
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-2:00 PM Catching up to the 21st Century in High School Physics Brandon Rodruiguez, NASA EducationHow many days do you spend in your high school physics class discussing discoveries made after 1687? A lot has happened since the publication of Principia! Come hear some ideas for how to bring dark matter, string theory, and relativity to your NGSS classroom using NASA research.
2:00-2:30 PM Networking Coffee Break sponsored by the University of La VerneOur gracious hosts at the University of La Verne have sponsored this break to provide additional time to network with fellow physics teachers. Meet new colleagues/resources or strengthen old ties.
2:30-3:15 PM Top Ten Women in the History of Physics James Lincoln, SMES HSAlthough there have been many accomplished female physicists, their contributions are not as well-known as their male counterparts. This is not a result of their contributions being less important. In fact, we physics teachers often lecture on their contributions and discoveries without realizing who we are referencing. In this talk, I spotlight ten women from the history of physics and explain the physics behind their specific contributions to the field. In this work I have decided to focus specifically on physicists, as opposed to astronomers, in order to bring into the light the less well-known. I hope that this talk will raise awareness of these women but also provide us with the tools to inspire a new generation of female physicists.
3:15-3:30 PM Thermal Interactions Diagram for Intro Physics Gloria Ramos, Citrus CollegeStudents use LOL diagrams as a visual way to understand energy conservation, helping them set up the energy conservation equation. LOL diagrams focus on mechanical energies and are not useful for thermal interactions, not even for simple calorimetry situations. I’ve created an alternative diagram specifically for thermal interactions that provides a visual way for students to analyze calorimetry situations. In this presentation, I’ll show examples of how these diagrams are used and ask for feedback to further improve their implementation.
3:30-3:45 PM The Stein-tific Methods Larry Stein, University of La VerneI discuss my version of the Scientific Method for both the Theoretician and the Experimentalist. I then present a hypothetical example of how it is used.
3:45-4:00 PM Integrating video creation activity in a general physics class Amtul Chaudry, University of La VerneVideos have been used in a physics classroom to facilitate learning of concepts. This idea has been employed in a slightly different format in an algebra-based lower division physics classroom, where students create their own videos. Students have the option of choosing any concept from the topics taught during the semester. This exercise is integrated in the syllabus and graded. The development of this idea over the past few years and student feedback about the activity is presented here.
4:00-4:15 PM Innovations in NGSS Physics Teaching Steve Skoropad, Greendot
4:00 PM The World Famous “Order of Magnitude Contest” and Door Prizes Meeting Adjourns
The meeting report will be posted here.