AAPT-Talks Fall 2003

This list was last updated on October, 5, 2003 at 1:00 AM. Please email corrections to astro@sfasu.edu.

AAPT-1
Name: Kendra L. Wallis
Affiliation: The University of Texas at Arlington, Dept. of Physics
Address: P. O. Box 19059, Arlington, TX 76019 USA
Phone: 817-272-2468
Email: kwallis@uta.edu
Title: Creating Science Education for Future Teachers
Authors: Kendra L. Wallis
Description of Paper for Session Arrangement: The State of Texas is now offering special certifications for teachers in science, math, and technology. In addition, many education majors are required to take a junior level science course-for which they do not have the prerequisite background. UT Arlington has created a program to address the needs of these students. This talk will present information on creating a one-semester, junior-level astronomy course for education majors, along with ideas about teaching future teachers.
Special Requirements for Paper: Windows PC with CD-ROM drive, Powerpoint, video projection capability, projector, remote control


AAPT-2
Name: Donald H. Kobe
Affiliation: University of North Texas
Address: Department of Physics, P.O. Box 311427, Denton, Texas 76203 USA
Phone: 940-565-3272
Email: kobe@unt.edu
Title: Gallery of Distinguished Physicists at the University of North Texas
Authors: Don H. Kobe and Sam E. Matteson
Description of Paper for Session Arrangement: The Department of Physics at the University of North Texas has established a Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Physicists in the Physics Building. A total of 78 portraits of distinguished physicists in the areas of classical mechanics, electromagnetism and optics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, nuclear and particle physics, atomic physics, and solid state physics are displayed on the walls of the corridors and two of our large lecture halls. The gallery has an educational purpose besides enhancing the appearance of our building. Students can learn about the history of physics by reading the plaque that describes the life and contributions of each person. By enabling students to associate faces with the names of physical laws and units it helps students learn physics. Students can see that physics is a human endeavor and international in scope. Men and women from many different cultures, ethnic backgrounds and countries have contributed to physics . It also provides role models for students. The gallery will be discussed and student responses to it will be given.
Special Requirements for Paper: Projector and computer for a Power Point CD presentation


AAPT-3
Name: William Lee Powell Jr.
Affiliation: Texas Tech University
Address: Department of Physics, Campus Box 41051, Lubbock, TX 79409-1051 USA
Phone: 806-889-3343
Email: William.L.Powell@ttu.edu
Title: The Use of Real Data in Teaching Astronomy
Authors: W. Lee Powell Jr.
Description of Paper for Session Arrangement: A discussion of the numerous sources of real data available, and how they can be used in the teaching of astronomy courses. Specific classroom experiences with these materials will be included.
Special Requirements for Paper: Computer, projector, internet connection, overhead projector


AAPT-4
Name: Michael Ispiryan
Affiliation: University of Houston
Address: 4800 Calhoun Road, UH, SR1, Physics Dept., Houston, TX 77204-5005 USA
Phone: 713-743-3617
Email: cwoox@yahoo.com
Title: Triangle-based algorithm for reconstruction of rings in RICH detectors
Authors: M. Ispiryan, K. Lau, S. Ramachandran
Description of Paper for Session Arrangement: An algorithm for reconstruction of rings in RICH detector is suggested. Two-dimensional hits coordinates are taken from the detector's output and used for construction of triangles which are inscribed in potential rings. An iterative procedure removes badly fitted triangles and refines the annular ring to yield the actual rings. A program to implement the algorithm on HERA-B's data has been written and tested.
Special Requirements for Paper: A computer attached to a projector.


AAPT-5
Name: James A. Roberts
Affiliation: University of North Texas
Address: 211 Ave A, Physics Building, Denton, TX 76203 USA
Phone: 940-565-3281
Email: roberts@unt.edu
Title: An Update of Astronomy Activities at the University of North Texas
Authors: Jim Roberts and J. B. Scott
Description of Paper for Session Arrangement: The University of North Texas has one of the largest and best-equipped astronomy program available to undergraduates in the state of Texas. This is a comprehensive program that enables both physics majors and non-majors to study astronomy. Some research is being conducted in radio astronomy. New facilities in radio astronomy are being developed. Members of the Center for Nonlinear Science are analyzing data and testing non-linear models applied to energy transport from the sun to affect air and sea temperature fluctuations and to understand solar flare behavior. The department has at its disposal a "state of the art" planetarium, a computer laboratory equipped with the latest CLEA astronomy programs and an observatory that ranks among the best university operated facilities in the state. In that there is always room for improvement in any program, the facilities are being enlarged to encompass more radio astronomy than some of the simple activities already explored in the program with radio receivers and converted satellite TV dis hes. The intent is to develop laboratories which can be used in all kinds of weather and which can introduce the students to a broad spectrum of activities in which astronomers are engaged.
Special Requirements for Paper: Transparency Projector


AAPT-6
Name: James A. Roberts
Affiliation: University of North Texas
Address: 211 Ave A, Physics Building, Denton, TX 76203 USA
Phone: 940-565-3281
Email: roberts@unt.edu
Title: Hands-On Experiments to Teach Physics Through The Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching UNT
Authors: Jim Roberts et al
Description of Paper for Session Arrangement: Select experiments in physics that represent "milestones" in the development of science and scientific thought are provided to teachers through The Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching UNT. These experiments are "hands-on…minds on" activities to derive the maximum benefits for the teachers in the program to explore how the scientific endeavor operates to maximize creativity and discovery in their students rather than teach rote memory and standard experiments. The program usually impacts more than forty teachers each year and more than three thousand students through their teachers. Activities in electricity, light, heat, sound and motion are incorporated into the program. Each teacher is required to construct devices to use as teaching tools for their students. Some of the more successful experiments devised in the program will be shared with the audience with materials provided that are useful to implement these procedures into their teaching.
Special Requirements for Paper: Transparency Projector


AAPT-7
Name: Lionel D. Hewett
Affiliation: Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Address: Physics Dept. TAMUK MSC 175, Kingsville, TX 78363 USA
Phone: 361/593/2622
Email: L-Hewett@tamuk.edu
Title: How Polarized Photons Help Illuminate Quantum Concepts
Authors: Lionel D. Hewett
Description of Paper for Session Arrangement: Many of the concepts of quantum mechanics are difficult to understand, especially for the beginning student. For example, what are the meanings of quantum states, superposition of states, operators, measurements, observables, eigenvalues, expectation values, uncertainties, and commutations. Many of these difficult concepts become almost intuitive when applied to the simple quantum system consisting of a single polarized photon.
Special Requirements for Paper: Computer able to read a power point presentation and web pages off a CD and project their images on a screen.


AAPT-8
Name: Santonu Goswami
Affiliation: The University of Texas at El Paso
Address: 500 West University Ave, El Paso, Texas 79968 USA
Phone: 9152274020
Email: sgoswami2@utep.edu
Title: What is the Relationship between Self-Reported Study Time and Achievement?
Authors: Santonu Goswami, Kastro M. Hamed
Description of Paper for Session Arrangement: During the Spring Semester of 2003, we traced the amount of study time by having the students fill a weekly form reporting the amount of time they spent studying for Introductory Astronomy 1307. The class had 225 students with 106 males and 119 females. Statistical analysis revealed some variations of the correlation between self-reported study time and achievement as reported via grades. Also statistical analysis revealed some gender differences of the mentioned correlation. In this talk, we would like to present the details of the study, and what it revealed.
Special Requirements for Paper: I will need a projector, and a computer for the presentation.


AAPT-9
Name: Charles A. Wheeler
Affiliation: Temple College
Address: 2600 south first st, temple, texas 76504 us
Phone: 254-298-8406
Email: caw@templejc.edu
Title: Diffraction Grating-Measuring Line Density With A Laser
Authors: M. Corley, Q. He, and C. Wheeler
Description of Paper for Session Arrangement: A diffraction grating consists of a large number of slits equally spaced. When monochromatic light is diffracted by these slits, a characteristic interfence pattern is observed on a distant screen. In this laboratory, we apply this property in reverse: we are given a source of monochromatic light of known wavelength and we determine the separation between slits in a grating. The inverse of this quantity is the number of lines per unit length (line density).
Special Requirements for Paper: just need an overhead projector.


AAPT-10
Name: David Adamson
Affiliation: Plainview High School
Address: 1501 Quincy, Plainview, TX 79072 USA
Phone: 806 296-4051 e-mail: david.adamson@plainview.k12.tx.us
Title: Quarknet: Engaging Teachers and Students in Particle Physics
Authors: David Adamson, Tom Davis, Jack Willis, Brett Peikert, Patty McGaughey, Nancy Owens, Dalene Burns
Description of Paper for Session Arrangement: This session will illustrate opportunities for teachers to become involved in research activities at TTU. We will demonstrate the Magnetic Induction Coils, and Cosmic Ray Detecors we built for use in our classrooms. We will also provide activities to illustrate scintilation and conduction of light.
Special Requirements for Paper: Due to time restrictions we need our session to be schedule on Friday if anyway possible. A number of our folks are involved in Robotics which is having competition on Oct. 24.


AAPT-11
Name: Samuel E. Matteson
Affiliation: Department of Physics, University of North Texas
Address: , Denton, Texas 76203 USA
Phone: (940)565-7272
e-mail: Matteson@unt.edu
Title: Pop Bottle Physics: A Helmholtz Resonator Experiment That Works
Authors: Evan Brooks, Janet Trammell and Sam Matteson
Description of Paper for Session Arrangement: In 1870 Hermann von Helmholtz published the Sensation of Tone, a monumental work that revolutionized the science of acoustics. Another one of his contributions is the invention of a simple but effective acoustic instrument called the Helmholtz Resonator that consists of a vessel with a narrow neck that communicates with a more expansive enclosed volume. A common pop bottle approximates this geometry very well. In this work, we analyze the mechanics of motion of the air in the bottle as a simple harmonic oscillator in analogy with a mass on a spring. Furthermore, we describe a simple experiment suitable for high school or undergraduate students in which the predicted frequency of the sound produced when one blows across the mouth of the bottle is discovered to be in excellent qualitative and quantitative agreement with analysis.
Special Requirements for Paper: Power Point presentation compatible computer and data projector.


AAPT-12
Name: Jill Ann Marshall
Affiliation: University of Texas Science and Math. Ed.
Address: 1 University Station D5705, Austin, TX 78712-0382 US
Phone: (512)232-9685
Email: marshall@mail.utexas.edu
Title: Assessing the Assessment: Context Issues in Test Questions
Authors: Jill Marshall
Description of Paper for Session Arrangement: Gender, cultural, and learning style issues in interpretation of test questions pose an equty issue in high-stakes testing. This talk gives exampes of how the context and mode in which a test question is presented serve as an aid, an impediment, or a distraction for some test takers.
Special Requirements for Paper: PC with projector.


AAPT-13
Name: Heather C. Galloway
Affiliation: Texas State University - San Marcos
Address: 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666 USA
Phone: 512 245 7916
e-mail: galloway@txstate.edu
Title: Texas Physics Assessment Team Report on the 10th and 11th Grade Science Test (TAKS)
Authors: Heather Galloway
Description of Paper for Session Arrangement: The state of Texas will give required science tests at the 5th, 10th and 11th grade levels. These tests are part of the series known as the TAKS for Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills and will eventually be required for a student to advance to the next grade. Recently a group has been working to analyze the 10th and 11th grade science tests which were given for the first time in Spring 2003. A preliminary report with some examples of questions will be presented. The tests include significant amounts of physical science and are encouraging laboratory experiments by including questions to test laboratory skills and practices. Serious concerns about the quality of the questions were raised. We will present our analysis of the topics covered by the questions and the type of questions being asked. Texas Physics Assessment Team members are Stephen Baker - Rice University, .David Donnelly & Heather Galloway - Texas State University, Holly Galloway - Connally High School, Pflugerville ISD, Janie Head - Foster High School, Lamar CISD, Karen Johnston - Momentum Group, Jill Marshall & Larry Shepley - University of Texas at Austin. The membership for this group was drawn from the Texas Sections of both the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Special Requirements for Paper: I would like a projector for a lap top or an overhead.
...my talk and Jill’s are very related. Also, at the last Texas Section meeting we wanted to report back on work done analyzing the state tests. The ‘report’ is basically contained in mine and Jill’s talks so it would be great if they were after lunch on Saturday so we could announce at the lunch meeting that they would be presented. If not, we’ll work to get the word out some other way.