Fall 2016 Meeting of the Illinois Section of the AAPT

"Physics and Occupations"
Oct. 21-22, 2016
Peoria, Illinois 61625

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Fall 2016 meeting of the ISAAPT. Come to learn more about physics, discover new tools and techniques for teaching physics, share your experiences via contributed presentations and Take Fives, and meet old and new friends.

Data: Fees - Attendees - Take Fives - Workshops - Dues - Attendance - Banquet - Lunch

Parking. Guests of the physics department may use the Main Street Parking Deck located at Main St and Maplewood Ave (red rectangle on the campus map). Maplewood Ave corresponds to AJ Robertson Ct. Note that north points left on the campus map. The registration table is in the lobby of Olin Hall starting at noon on Friday.

Session A, Friday at 1:30 pm
Welcome, Dr. Christopher Jones, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Take Fives.  Anyone who registers for the meeting may take 5 minutes or less to share a favorite item related to teaching physics - a demonstration, a new website or app, announcement of an upcoming event, ...  Please use the registration form to tell us the title of your Take Five. There may be time for a few unannounced Take Fives after those that are scheduled in the program.

Leonardo DaVinci Mini Museum.  Olin 45
Thanks to the fine work of Roger Malcolm, we are pleased to have approximately 30 models on display that illustrate many of the DaVinci drawings. Here is an example. You can view these models and the corresponding drawings in Olin 45, which will also be used for the Break times on Friday and Saturday. Roger taught physics at Kewanee High School and is now retired. He will be giving a DaVinci Take Five preceding each Break time, showing selected models.

Illinois Outstanding High School Physics Teacher Award. This will be presented to Martha Lietz, Niles West High School, during the banquet on Friday evening.

Council Meeting.  The Council will meet on Saturday morning at 7:00 am in Olin 48.

Registration. The registration table is in the lobby of Olin Hall, from noon to 5 pm on Friday and 8-10 am on Saturday.
The registration fee for faculty is $40 (both days), $30 (Friday only), and $20 (Saturday only).
        It is free for students, guests, invited guests, and invited teachers.
        After Oct. 14, the registration fee for faculty will be increased by $5.
  •  Section dues:  $20 (faculty), $10 (K-12)
  •  Workshops (see below)
       W1. "Smartphone Science with free Physics Toolbox Apps", Friday morning, 10-noon, free, Olin 37
       W2. "IOLab - a multi-sensor device", Saturday afternoon, 1-3 pm, free, Olin 37
  •  Friday evening banquet:  $25
  •  Saturday box lunch:  $10
  •  The deadline for banquet and lunch reservations is Friday, Oct. 14.

When you arrive at the meeting you may pay the total fees at the registration table by using cash, a personal check, a school or company check, or a credit card.

Host - Paul Wang, Bradley University, pwang@bradley.edu
This webpage - Dave Renneke

Invited Speakers

Examining the Data: Career Pathways for Physics Majors, Friday afternoon, 3:00 pm, Olin 164
Rebecca Vieyra, AAPT, K-12 Program Manager

It is widely recognized that a degree in physics prepares students for a wide variety of career options. High school and university faculty alike can benefit from understanding the career pathways that their students might follow. Recent surveys by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) have revealed the (1) career sectors pursued by bachelor degree recipients, (2) specific companies that are hiring physics majors in Illinois and nation-wide, (3) starting salaries, (4) and job satisfaction. Navigating the data is only the first step for many graduates, who must then make the transition from the university to the workplace. Additional resources, such as the Society of Physics Students' Careers Toolbox, the AIP's Career Resources site, and connections to the AIP's 10 member societies (including the AAPT) are vital to making career decisions, and will be shared with attendees during this presentation.

Probing Fundamental Physics with the Oldest Light in the Universe, Friday evening, 7:15 pm, Westlake Ballroom
Thomas M. Crawford, Senior Research Associate, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago

Dr. Crawford will discuss his work with the 10-meter South Pole Telescope and its observations of the cosmic microwave background, the oldest light in the Universe. Observing this background and determining its properties have led us to a much greater understanding of the nature and evolution of our universe.  He will discuss the next stage of CMB measurements, which aims to inform fundamental physics by probing the highest energies we will ever have access to and by measuring the properties of one of the lightest and most elusive fundamental particles.

Panel Discussion:  Physics and Occupations, Saturday morning, 10:00 am, Olin 164
     Moderator - Bill Hogan, Joliet Junior College
Matthew Guttag, performance engineer, Caterpillar, Inc.
Samuel Sorkin, applications technician, Research Center, Oil-Dri Corporation of America
Emily Roth, physics teacher, Plainfield East High School
Steve Laub, senior medical physicist, Northwestern Medicine, Chicago Proton Center


W1.  Friday morning, 10:00 - noon    Olin 37
Smartphone Science with free Physics Toolbox Apps
Rebecca Vieyra, AAPT, K-12 Program Manager
Chrystian Vieyra, software engineer for Physics Toolbox Apps

Participate in up to 10 hands-on, engaging inquiry labs suitable for introductory physics courses in high school and college using your own (or a borrowed) smartphone or tablet. Smartphone science allows students to collect big data sets in the classroom, at home, and on field experiences. Perform both classic and novel lab experiments in this workshop using free apps in the areas of (1) mechanics, (2) sound, (3) light, (4) electricity and magnetism, and (5) modern physics.
We will show some of the capabilities of mobile devices and do experiments recently proposed in literature, especially the AAPT's The Physics Teacher iPhysics Lab column. The population of mobile device users around the world is growing exponentially, yet their primary use is communication. Strikingly, smartphones incorporate an increasing number of sensors, including accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, and pressure, light, and proximity sensors, among others. Leave this workshop with over 10 different lab ideas and a host of digital resources.
This workshop will be led by Rebecca Vieyra (a prior high school physics teacher) and Chrystian Vieyra (the software engineer behind Physics Toolbox Apps). We will welcome requests for new features for our free apps.
W2. Saturday afternoon, 1:00 - 3:00 Olin 37
IOLab – a multi-sensor device
Morten Lundsgaard, Physics Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Developed by Mats Selen and the PER group at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the IOLab is a wireless data acquisition system which interfaces with a PC/Mac using a USB dongle from up to 100 ft away. It is small (3 cm x 7.5 cm x 13 cm) and light (less than 200 g), which makes it highly portable. The most recent version of the IOLab contains more than twenty sensors or inputs, including a 3D accelerometer, a 3D magnetometer, a 3D gyroscope, wheels which record position, velocity, and acceleration, a force probe, and both analog and digital inputs. Data can be analyzed in the IOLab program itself, or can be output to a comma separated value file for analysis in a spreadsheet or other software. Some of the many applications of the IOLab are measuring force, acceleration, velocity, and displacement in mechanics labs, measuring voltage drop, current, magnetic field in EM labs, and measuring light and sound in wave labs. In the workshop, we will begin by giving a brief description of the IOLab by showing examples of how it has been used in courses from middle school through college. Next, participants will work with the IOLab in groups based on interest in their usage of the IOLab. At the end of the workshop, groups will share their ideas. Participants should bring a computer so they can work with the IOLab on their own computer. For more information see the IOLab channel on YouTube and the IOLab website.