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The Chicago Section of the American Association 

of  Physics Teachers


Fall Meeting 2018

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Schedule Overview
8:30 am - 9:00 am      Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am - 12:00 pm    Invited and Contributed Talks

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm    Lunch and Business Meeting

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm      Workshop



(time slots for contributed talks have been filled)
Keynote: The Physics of Exoplanets

The discovery of exoplanets (planets outside the Solar System) has brought the settings of many science fiction stories within reach of scientific inquiry. Astronomers’ ever increasing sensitivity to smaller and smaller planets has opened the opportunity for empirical insights into the nature and demographics of distant terrestrial worlds. How common are exoplanets around distant stars? Up to what size and mass do planets typically have rocky compositions? How Earth-like are these distant rocky worlds? In this talk, I will review the physics underpinning the techniques used to discover and characterize exoplanets, presenting the current observational constraints on each of these questions.

Workshop: 3-D Printing Custom Lab Equipment

In previous meetings people have discussed some of the experimental apparatus which can be made using “maker”-type technologies such as 3D printing.  This workshop will provide a forum for people to share their experiences with crafting custom lab and demo equipment and allow those who have been curious about these capabilities, but either have lacked the access to equipment or expertise, to pursue it further. 

This discussion is not limited to 3D printing.  It also includes capabilities ranging from simple tools such as drill presses and band saws to CNC machines.  In addition, for those lacking direct access to equipment, services such as Shapeways for 3D printing and SEEED FUSION for circuit boards, cater to small volume markets such as education.