What? A topical
workshop “Using Astronomy to Teach Physics” will explore ways to foster the use of
astronomy in college physics instruction.
When? July 27-30,
2011, just before the AAPT Summer
Meeting in Omaha.
Where? The University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL)
discoveries and technologies in astronomy and space science are rich in ideas
and physics that can enhance physics instruction at any level.
modern conception of the universe should be part of every student's education.
students should understand the physics that underlies this conception.
and physicists from research universities, four-year colleges, and two-year
What Needs to Be Done?
strategies, share ideas, and plans for enriching the teaching of physics with
research results from astronomy, astrophysics, and space science.
a list of action items – texts to write, problems to compile, modules to
design, web materials to use, ideas to develop.
·Be inspired to write articles for the March
2012 American Journal of Physics, a special
issue on “Using Astronomy and Space Science Research in Physics Courses.”
·Develop ideas stirred up by the workshop and
bring them to the Gordon Research Conference on “Astronomy and Physics” in
June 2012 for fuller, more thorough discussion. Want to
Participate? Contact Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org), Charlie Holbrow (email@example.com), or Mario Belloni (firstname.lastname@example.org). The AAPT
website will provide online registration.