The Chicago Section of the American Association 

of  Physics Teachers

Fall Meeting 2016

Des Plaines Campus (Directions)

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Alan Nathan from the University of Illlinois - Urbana/Champaign
Talk Title: An Experimental Approach to the Physics of Baseball
Abstract: The game of baseball is rich in phenomena amenable to a physics analysis.  Much of the physics is very basic, of the type taught in introductory college courses, and therefore accessible to students and teachers alike.  In this talk I will highlight some of the recent experimental work on the subject, with an emphaisis on what these experiments teach us about the game itself.  Some of the experiments are done in a traditional laboratory setting.  Others utilize the great laboratory known as the game itself.  Here are some of the topics I will discuss, as time permits:
--What is the role of the batter's grip in the ball-bat collision?
--What do we know about the trajectories of knuckleballs?
--How can a batter optimize his swing?
--How can pitchers improve the movement on their curveballs?
--Was the baseball "juiced" during the 2016 season?
The talk should have things of interest to everyone, whether your primary interest is physics, baseball, or the intersection between them.

The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 12th from 8:30 am until 12:00 pm with lunch and business meeting immediately following.  

Click HERE to submit an abstract for a contributed paper or a poster.
Click HERE to register for the meeting. 

Registration fee is $25 if registered in advance (by 12 pm on November 11th); 
registration at the door is $30.  
 Student registration is $10 on-line /$15 at the door.  
Registration includes membership dues, conference fees, continental breakfast and lunch.  
All registration fees will be collected at the door.