National Meeting Program Schedule

2010 Summer Meeting

2011 AAPT Summer Meeting
July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska


Sign In

Sessions and Events w/Abstracts

Date: Sunday, July 31

 

Total Number of Records Found: 13

Check

Add Items View Itinerary New Search Clear Form

SPS:

SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach Poster Session
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
  Author: TBA
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: None
Select Item

SPS01:

Open-source Electronic Education Tools Using Tablet PCs
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
  Author: Poster - Zachary T. Boerner, Colorado School of Mines
(832) 489-2608, zboerner@mines.edu
  Co-Author(s): Charley A. Parker, Vincent H. Kuo, Susan E. Kowalski, Frank V. Kowalski
  Abstract: The Technology in the Classroom Committee (TICC) at the Colorado School of Mines provides and manages a number of electronic education tools available for anyone to access. These include the InkSurvey tool, a wiki for information on the software used by TICC, and a forum for users to discuss Tablet PCs and the classes in which they are enrolled. InkSurvey, in a manner similar to clickers, provides instructors with the means to pose open-format questions. Combined with the use of Tablet PCs, this allows the instructor to perform a real-time formative assessment of students' problem solving abilities. This poster will explore the utility of each of these tools and suggest how institutions outside of the Colorado School of Mines may use them to further their own educational programs.
  Footnotes: Sponsor: Vincent H. Kuo
Select Item

SPS02:

Symmetry and Asymmetry in Physics
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
  Author: Poster - Yu-Chen Ding
Chieng-Shiung Wu College,Southeast University
+86-15651621291, 213101726@seu.edu.cn
  Co-Author(s): Peng Zhang, Hui-Yu Miao
  Abstract: The investigation of symmetry and asymmetry runs through the history of the development of physics. Inspired by the course Bilingual Physics with Multimedia, we had a strong curiosity and interest on the topic Symmetry and Asymmetry in Physics, and conducted a research study on it. Our paper is divided into four parts. The first part introduces some typical examples of symmetry. Next, we focus on a significant example of asymmetry. The third part is mainly a brief analysis of the relationship between symmetry and asymmetry. Finally, we will present our personal thoughts on this subject.
  Footnotes: Sponsored by Prof. Lei Bao.
Select Item

SPS03:

Unveil the Mist of Magic Based on Physical Principles
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
  Author: Poster - Zhi-Qiang Hao
Chieng-Shiung Wu College, Southeast University
13776558758, memorizesoff@gmail.com
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Like two sides of a coin, physics and magic are born to be together. As an artistic form, while magic has gained a high popularity and attracts more and more people's attention, it has been prospering under influence of the development of physics. Inspired by the concepts of education in Introduction to Bilingual Physics, we conducted simple research on the nature of some fascinating magic phenomena and completed this course paper. Lots of interesting or even unbelievable magic tricks will be revealed and then we will illustrate the relation between those "seem-to-be-impossible" phenomena and physical principles.
  Footnotes: Sponsored By Prof. Lei Bao
Select Item

SPS04:

An Explanation of the Origin of the Universe -- Superstring Theory
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
  Author: Poster - De-Yu Jiao, Chien-Shiung Wu College,Southeast University
15950503601, 213100594@seu.edu.cn
  Co-Author(s): Peng-Peng Sun, Shu-Ya Tan
  Abstract: After Einstein advanced the theory of relativity, because the Quantum Field Theory and General Relativity are not consistent with each other, people have been committed to finding a unified theory to explain all the interactions, which means Quantum Field Theory and General Relativity should be unified in a larger theoretical framework. This larger theoretical framework for the emerging trends is Superstring Theory. As a theory of quantum gravity, Superstring Theory has experienced a series of difficulties and changes. After learning Bilingual Physics with Multimedia founded by Professor Yun, we were encouraged and conducted a simple study on this topic. This paper briefly describes the study history of Superstring Theory, including two revolutions, the development and discusses the relevant physical model, theoretical framework and the physical concepts, and investigates the relevant issues according to their validity and significance of future development.
  Footnotes: Sponsored by Prof. Lei Bao
Select Item

SPS05:

Dark Energy
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
  Author: Poster - Tian-Chen Jin
Chieng-Shiung Wu College, Southeast University
13770977526, tianchenjin@gmail.com
  Co-Author(s): Shao-Ran Li, Xi-Chao She
  Abstract: Dark energy, a hypothetical concept, is one of the hottest topics in cosmology at the moment. Its negative pressure gives us the element we need to explain the accelerated expansion of our universe. But how does dark energy really work? Are there other things that may also have similar property? How will dark energy affect our universe if it really exists? Our team became really interested in this subject through studying the course of Introduction to Bilingual Physics. This article will give you our thoughts and understanding of dark energy and how it could affect the ultimate fate of our universe.
  Footnotes: Sponsored by Prof. Lei Bao
Select Item

SPS06:

Skylight Polarization from a Balloon Flight
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
  Author: Poster - Jeffrey R. Lind, University of Minnesota, Morris
763-843-4477, lind1419@umn.edu
  Co-Author(s): Gordon C. McIntosh
  Abstract: This research project attempted to measure the polarization of skylight as a function of altitude using a balloon-based polarimeter. The hypothesis was that as altitude increases the model of a Rayleigh sky (single scatters from very small particles) improves because the likelihood of multiple scatters and the aerosol density decrease. The polarimeter utilized eight LED light detectors with seven detectors filtered by linear polarizers at increments of ~26 degrees and one unfiltered detector. The filtered detectors were calibrated by the unfiltered detector. Directional measurements were made using an accelerometer and compass. With directional information, the measured degree of polarization can be compared directly to the Rayleigh sky model. This experiment was sponsored by a University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program grant.
  Footnotes: Gordon McIntosh is an AAPT member.
Select Item

SPS07:

Student Use and Perception of Tablet PCs; Are They Helpful?
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
  Author: Poster - Charles A. Parker, Colorado School of Mines
970-689-9015, cparker@mines.edu
  Co-Author(s): Zachary T. Boerner, Vincent H. Kuo, Susan E. Kowalksi, Frank V. Kowalski
  Abstract: Research shows that learning is more effective when students are actively interacting with the professor and each other. To facilitate these interactions, the Technology in the Classroom Committee (TICC) at the Colorado School of Mines provides Tablet PCs to physics students in selected courses each semester. These Tablet PCs are used in conjunction with the InkSurvey tool, which allows for real-time feedback in the classroom. The Tablet PCs also allow for sophisticated student collaboration using notetaking software, providing a means for note sharing. In our poster, we explore how the Tablet PCs have been used in the physics classrooms at CSM and present preliminary data on student perceptions of having the Tablet PCs.
  Footnotes: Sponsor: Vincent H. Kuo
Select Item

SPS08:

Addressing Students' Math Deficiencies in Introductory Physics with Online Tutorials
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
  Author: Poster - Cameron Zahedi, University of Georgia
706-542-4023, cszahedi@uga.edu
  Co-Author(s): Craig C. Wiegert, Daniel Seaton
  Abstract: Introductory physics courses are mathematically demanding, even those for non-physics science majors. Students must become adept at solving a wide variety of quantitative problems. However, even students with calculus experience often lack facility with basic pre-calculus skills. A large contributing factor to the problem is the students' generally poor retention of working math skills, but they may also be struggling to transfer their math knowledge to unfamiliar problem domains. In either case, these students should benefit from early intervention that continues to scaffold throughout the term. We report on our efforts to create math-related, online formative assessment modules for first-semester introductory physics. These online tutorials target specific mathematical skills that are essential to success in physics, and are designed to progress from a purely math-centered review of each basic skill, to problems of increasing generality and complexity, and ultimately toward a transfer of these skills to physics problem domains.
  Footnotes: Sponsored by Craig Wiegert.
Select Item

SPS09:

Alternative Energy Is Everywhere
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
  Author: Poster - Yi-Qi Zhao, Chien-Shiung Wu College, Southeast University
15651621523, ddzhaoyiqi@163.com
  Co-Author(s): Yun-Hao Zhang, Zhi-Heng Shen
  Abstract: With the modernization of the world economy, fossil fuel is going to dry up. The status of energy is so austere that exploitation and utilization of alternative energy is becoming a major issue of concern for countries all around the world, especially for the Asian countries that have enormous populations. As Chinese students, we also take Bilingual Physics as an opportunity to do some research on alternative energy. In our opinion, besides the energy provided by nature--in various daily activities like walking, driving, or even making a call--humans are providing energy all the time. In this paper, we will mainly elaborate on the theories of generating power with these energies, which can be seen everywhere but are easy to neglect. On this basis, we will show some relevant applications as well as our guesses and expectations.
  Footnotes: Sponsored by Prof. Lei Bao
Select Item

SPS10:

Quantum Entanglement and its Application
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
  Author: Poster - Ying-Hong Zhao
Chieng-Shiung Wu College,Southeast University
+86-15951077020, 213102517@seu.edu.cn
  Co-Author(s): Xiao-Jiao Yuan, Jin Guo
  Abstract: Nowadays, the discussion about the inharmony between the local effect of relativity and the non-local effect of quantum mechanics raised by quantum entanglement has become one of the most difficult problems in physics. By taking a course called Bilingual Physics with Multimedia last semester, we have some new ideas about independent and explorative study. Inspired by the concept of education, we decided to study quantum entanglement and its application from a freshman's view. This essay mainly talks about exploring the history of quantum entanglement, the basic principles and the experimental facilities of quantum teleportation, as well as the latest scientific development on it. At last, we conclude that the exploration of science is endless and we also come up with some deep thoughts about the coming era of quantum information.
  Footnotes: Sponsored by Prof. Lei Bao.
Select Item

SPS11:

Field-line to Build the Formal Thinking in Induction Law
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
  Author: Poster - Marisa Michelini
Research Unit in Physics Education of the University of Udine
00390432558208, marisa.michelini@uniud.it
  Co-Author(s): Lorenzo Santi, Alberto Stefanel, Stefano Vercellati, ,
  Abstract: Electromagnetism has its own cognitive basis in phenomenology whose presentation, often fragmentary to highlight the variables involved, has its own interpretation in complex formal expressions. This is the case of electromagnetic induction, when it's proposed as fruitful exploration of variables (field, surface, relative orientation during time) while the conditions in which one experiences an induced current in a coil are identified. Some conceptual knots, like the meaning of the sign of the induced electromotive force, remain unresolved. Waiver is also to the building of the angle of formal reading which gives meaning to the properties of the phenomena. The magnetic field flux, its constancy in a flow pipe, and the physical meaning of its variation take in the most deep differences between the magnetic and electric case, establishing the inseparability of the poles and the nature of the closed lines for zero divergence field. The experimentation of an educational proposal based on the representation of field lines as interpretative reference, shows that it's possible to produce learning outcomes that are held strongly related the descriptive and interpretive plans.
  Footnotes: None
Select Item

SPS12:

Partners in Physics with Colorado School of Mines' Society of Physics Students
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
  Author: Poster - Shirley J. Moore, Colorado School of Mines
(970) 379-6426, shmoore@mymail.mines.edu
  Co-Author(s): Levi Miller, Matthew D. Stilwell, Chuck Stone
  Abstract: The Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Society of Physics Students (SPS) revitalized in 2008 and has since blown up with outreach activity, incorporating all age levels into our programs. In spring 2010, CSM SPS launched a new program called Partners in Physics. Students from Golden High School came to CSM where they had a college-level lesson on standing waves and their applications. These students then joined volunteers from CSM in teaching local elementary school students about standing waves beginning with a science show. The CSM and high school students then helped the children to build make-and-take demonstrations incorporating waves. This year, rockets are the theme for Partners in Physics and we began with demonstrations with local middle school students. In spring 2011, CSM SPS will be teaching elementary school students about projectile motion and model rockets along with these middle school students.
  Footnotes: Sponsor: Chuck Stone
Select Item

© 2014 American Association of Physics Teachers
Have questions about this site? Email the webmaster.
2011 AAPT Winter Meeting Past Meeting Info Help Sign In