Thanks for all who attended and Made the Grove City meeting such a success. The final program is in the link below.
See you Saturday in Grove City! Click the link below for the current agenda and driving information.
Save the Date!WPA AAPT Spring Meeting3.14 (pi day)Grove City College, Grove City PAHost: DJ WagnerTo present, e-mail ( email@example.com ) and include:Name, e-mail, and affiliation of presenterNames, e-mails, and affiliations of any associated non-presenting authorsA titleA short abstract (up to 100 words)It doesn’t have to be fancy; it just has to be about physics, or teaching physics!
Chautauqua Short Course
Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning
NEW: Including RealTime Physics 3rd Edition, Clicker Interactive Lecture Demonstrations and Video Analysis
June 18-20, 2015 • Portland, Oregon
Presented by: David Sokoloff • Priscilla Laws • Ronald Thornton
This hands-on course is designed for college, university and high school* teachers of physics interested in making learning in their introductory courses more active. Participants will be introduced to research-validated strategies for each component of the course: lecture, lab, problem-solving, modeling and video analysis. Course fee is $200. For more information: http://pages.uoregon.edu/sokoloff/CHAUT.htm
*One or two graduate credits are available from the University of Oregon for $90 per credit.
For registration and payment information, please visit: http://academicextension.uoregon.edu/course_desc.php?CourseKey=724907
or call 800-824-2714; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Minutes of Fall 2014 Meeting
Western PA AAPT
(Prepared by Beth Lindsey, Ph.D. Physics, Penn State Greater Allegheny)
- Money was owed from last spring. That has not been collected.
- Spring 2015 meeting is set for March 14, 2015 at Grove City College.
- Other upcoming meetings:
- Fall 2015: Pitt Johnstown
- Spring 2016: IUP
- Fall 2016: Penn State Beaver
- Spring 2017: Pitt Greensburg (pending confirmation)
- Current Account Balance: $1520.42; $90 in cash from last spring’s meeting has not yet been deposited to the account.
- Took in $190 today (more than usual because of rate increase); paid our speaker $6.50 for her lunch.
- We collected 23 registrations today. We believe it was a bit smaller than last time, because the meeting date was announced late, and also because many students are ready to present their research projects in the spring, but not many have finished their projects in the fall.
For the Spring meeting at Grove City:
- Proposed format for the upcoming meeting: Afternoon parallel sessions on SPS Career Toolbox, and demonstrating everyone’s favorite sound demonstrations. DJ wants to know if having two parallel sessions would be viable. A suggestion was made that the survey should be sent to the general membership.
- We’re going to have student research posters over breakfast; food will not be allowed in the new space.
Please see the link below for the most recent meeting schedule:
The Fall 2014 meeting is just around the corner! If you haven’t submitted your abstract yet, please do so (see the post below for information.) This post is meant to provide you with some additional information. As soon as the schedule is developed, it will be posted here.
Invited Speaker: Megan Nagel, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Penn State Greater Allegheny.
Potential Energy: Perspectives from a Chemist
Recently, the topic of energy has been receiving increased attention in science education research literature, highlighting an interdisciplinary approach to the topic. In chemistry courses alone, the topic of energy is introduced in numerous contexts including bond enthalpies, quantized energy, lattice energy, intermolecular forces, and nuclear energy. The basis for many of these topics begins with an understanding of potential energy and electrostatic interactions which goes beyond that reached in a typical first-semester physics course. So while students have not been exposed to the relevant content in physics, chemistry faculty operate under the assumption that a foundation is present for describing processes involving electrostatically interacting particles and their associated energies. Our recent work has found that even after the appropriate instruction in both chemistry and physics, the majority of students still struggle to describe the basic relationship between particle position and electrostatic potential energy. In particular, students do not spontaneously draw on concepts from physics when asked about energy in chemical contexts. We are researching the efficacy of an instructional sequence of scaffolded questions to help guide students to make relevant connections between their existing knowledge of gravitational potential energy and the required knowledge of electrostatic potential energy necessary for understanding countless chemical interactions.
Local Accommodation Information:
- Bethaven Inn- 386 Hamilton Avenue, Meadville, Pa. 16335
- Buhl Mansion- 422 East State Street, Sharon, Pa. 16146
- Casa DaCosta Bed & Breakfast- 116 West Market Street, Mercer, Pa. 16137
- Cianci’s Motel- 395 Mercer Road, Greenville, Pa. 16125
- Colonial Inn Motel- 383 North Perry Highway Route 19, North Mercer, Pa. 16137
- Farma Family Campground- 87 Hughey Road, Greenville, Pa. 16125
- Holiday Inn Express- 18240 Conneaut Lake Road, Meadville, Pa. 16335
- Holiday Inn Express- 3060 Spangler Road, West Middlesex, Pa. 16159
- Mayor Lord’s House Bed & Breakfast- 654 Park Avenue, Meadville, Pa. 16335
- Mercer Motel- 213 Franklin Street (Junction 19 and 62), Mercer, Pa. 16137
- Monroe Heights Hotel- 2049 Leesburg-Grove City Road, Grove City, Pa. 16127
- Park Inn by Radisson- 3377 New Castle Road, West Middlesex, Pa. 16159
- Plant’s Herb Farm Bed & Breakfast- 104 South Foster Road, Mercer, Pa. 16137
- Seven Sisters Bed & Breakfast- 810 Hamburg Road, Fredonia, Pa. 16124
- Quality Inn of Hermitage- 3200 South Hermitage Road, Hermitage, Pa. 16159
- Red Roof Inn- 2700 Wilson Road, Hermitage, Pa. 16148
- Tara, A Country Inn- 2844 Lake Road, Clark, Pa. 16113
The Fall meeting for this year will be held at Theil College in Greenville, PA with local host Patrick Hecking. The meeting will be on Saturday, October 18th and tentatively from 8:30-4pm. The call for abstract will be sent out soon, so keep checking back for more information!