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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
Our Keynote Speaker is 

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.