third annual spring meeting of the North Carolina Section was held at
the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, hosted by Gaylord Hageseth
and members of the physics department: Bob Clark, Jerry Meisner, Bob
Muir, and Marilyn Trivett, March 20-21, 1998. Nineteen papers and four
workshops were presented for the edification of the 118 attendees.
evening's session on distance learning was arranged by the NC TYC Physics
Alliance. Highlighting the session was Sherman Frye's "Conceptual Physics
through Distance Learning" which was followed by a panel made up of
practitioners of distance learning. The very active TYC group continued
discussion after the evening social with a few specially invited guests.
morning's session began with "Web-Based Introductory Astronomy: Authoring,
Publishing and Learning" by Jerry Meisner followed by papers coming
out of the NSF-funded Technology Tools for Science and Mathematics Learning
program at UNCGreensboro. Suzanne Huerth's "What is Man's Concept of
Light?" won the prize ($100) for the best graduate student paper. Invited
Speaker Paul Hewitt's "A Ramp Called 'Conceptual Physics'" was very
well received as was his late afternoon workshop "Chalkboard Techniques
for Those Who Never Thought They Could." Invited speaker Gregor Novak's
"Just-in-Time Teaching with the Web" was postponed to the afternoon
due to technical difficulties, but it was well worth the wait. Plinio
Santos-Filho's "The Science of Art - Physics 299" won the prize ($150
towards travel expenses to present a similar paper at a national meeting)
for the best pedagogical paper. Nina Morley of Orange High School presented
a paper on the Cinema Classics in preparation for an afternoon workshop
on the topic.
lunch we were treated to some simple, but impressive demonstrations
in E&M by Arthur Bryant and Chris Roddy of Sandhills Community College.
This was followed by a paper suggesting a course on optical properties
of semi-conductors by Leah Bergman, but of more interest to several
listeners was the possibility of integrating some of the suggestions
into introductory physics courses as modern physics topics. Denise Wetli
reported on her group's efforts to produce modules integrating mathematics
and physics. The last paper by Wolfgang Christian and Aaron Titus described
the many uses of physlets, small Java programs that can be imbedded
into HTML browsers, which are used to deliver media-focused physics
Worth presented a spreadsheet workshop entitled "3-D Mapping of Electric
Potentials." On Saturday afternoon John Layman presented an invited
workshop on "Powerful Ideas in Physical Science," the joint AAPT-NSF
program designed to improve physics teaching at the middle school level
by providing the prospective teachers of these students with material
and a learning experience that can translate into their better understanding
of physics and, in turn, those of their students.
special guests Paul Hewitt, Sherman Frye, Gregor Novak, and John Layman
we were pleased to have Ray Serway and Gene Hecht mixing and mingling
with our members.
wide variety of options were available for an inexpensive lunch on campus.
The TYC21 group met for a working lunch attended by about 25 attendees.
the business meeting Aaron McAlexander was elected to a three-year term
as Two-Year College Representative and Chuck Bennett was elected vice-president.
Prizes donated by AAPT, Bernard O. Beck, and Vernier Software, were
much appreciated as well as donations for snacks, soft drinks, and ancillary
expenses from Brooks/Cole Publishing, Saunders College Publishing, Prentice-Hall
Publishers, Problem Solving Concepts, Smylie Enterprises, Spectrum Techniques,
John Wiley & Sons, and Ztek. Thanks also to North Carolina State
University and the University of North Carolina - Greensboro for material
fall meeting of the NCS-AAPT will be held at the University of North
Carolina - Asheville with Chuck Bennett as the host.