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Upcoming events

    • 28 Sep 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Physics Lecture Hall-Rutgers University
    Register

    Dave's Demo Show will be held at Rutgers University in the Physics Lecture Hall, Bush Campus, Friday, September 28th from 6:30 'till 9:00pm.  See important Parking information below!!

    Come join us for a night of physic phun as Dave Maiullo and Borislaw Bilash present some of their best physics demos. Both Dave and Borislaw are master physics demonstrators.  Not only will they present demos that will assist you to develop your student's understanding of physical concepts, but will also show you how best to present these demos to maximize student involvement during the learning process.  Participants will have the opportunity to present/request their favorite demo.  Additionally, you have the opportunity to socialize and share ideas with your fellow physics colleagues.

    Light refreshments will be served. 

    Parking will be available in lots  53 A and 64.  Campus map here.

    IMPORTANT -- RUTGERS UNIVERSITY HAS A NEW PARKING POLICY!   You must register your car info via a link.  Rutgers Parking will scan license plates in the lot, and if you are not registered, you will receive a citation (~$50).  Please make sure you register your vehicle information.  The link is one-time, for this event / date only -- every event at Rutgers will have a different link.

    The link is here, and will also be sent in a reminder email, as the event gets closer.

    Yes, this took NJAAPT by surprise, too.


    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cinnaminson HS, Cinnaminson, NJ
    Register

    "The Spreadsheet Lab Manual" -- Expanding Spreadsheet Modeling Capability in High School Physics 

    Hosted and Presented by Michael McConnell, Cinnaminson HS

    Location:           Cinnaminson HS, Cinnaminson, NJ  

    Room E264

    1197 Riverton Rd, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077  (Burlington County)

    Date/ Time:       Saturday October 13, 2018    

    8:30-9:00        Registration/Coffee    

    9:00-noon      Workshop

    Cost:                     $15    


    What to Bring:         

    Bring a laptop, tablet, or Chromebook that can run Excel or Sheets. 

    Teachers attending the workshop will receive 2 of the lab modules (1- and 2-D motion with drag force)  to take back to the classroom and use, plus the choice of a 3rd module.

    About the workshop:

    “Creating mathematical models using spreadsheets can help students learn at deep levels in both science and mathematics, and give teachers an excellent opportunity to integrate these two disciplines.“ (Horton, Leonard 2005) 

    Spreadsheet software is widely used, versatile and can replicate calculations in mass with simple commands.  This makes it the ideal platform for teaching students to analyze data and build models.  Compared to hand held calculators, a spreadsheet increases a student's computational rate by several orders of magnitude.  This makes learning in STEM more efficient and more interactive while students gain proficiency and skills they will need in higher education and many future careers.  Spreadsheets have standardized layout, cell referencing and formula writing conventions, and virtually every function shares the same language across multiple brands.  Spreadsheets are fundamental to data analysis, skills are in demand and provide a foundation for literacy with more complex software such as databases.   This presentation will discuss opportunities for expanding spreadsheet modeling applications within the Physics curriculum.  The goal is to help Physics teachers have their students experience the value added that spreadsheet modeling offers, just as spreadsheets have already benefited business and industry.

    Models that simulate realistic behavior analytically (such as motion with drag force, continually changing temperatures, populations) are typically complex, using mathematics such as calculus or differential equations.  The spreadsheet, however can use replicated linear calculations to solve the same problem.  This opens up the modeling capability of the realm of calculus and differential equations for high school students using exclusively algebraic equations.  This can be accomplished by having students follow precisely guided procedures to program and then study a spreadsheet model starting from a blank spreadsheet.  Modeling techniques include numerical methods such areas of trapezoids, Euler's Method, slope of lines, difference equations, applied incrementally over large numbers of cells (102-104).  Using the computational power of the spreadsheet along with these and other modeling techniques enhances the study of Physics in many areas of the curriculum.  Three areas in particular that will be presented are quantitative spreadsheet models of (1 and 2 dimensional) freefall motion with drag force, dynamic heat transfer using Newton's Law of Cooling, and electrostatics (single and multidimensional) charge distributions.  There are many other applications, but the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), has clearly endorsed the development and study of models.  Modeling science with spreadsheets delivers the capability of the modern computer to students to investigate limitless quantitative applications.  The  spreadsheet is here to stay and is availability, simplicity and calculating power mean it represents the best opportunity for expanding computer science and programming in high school and college Physics.

    Teachers attending the workshop will receive 2 of the lab modules (1- and 2-D motion with drag force)  to take back to the classroom and use, plus the choice of a 3rd module.


    About the Presenter :

    My name is Michael McConnell and I teach AP Physics C, Engineering Design, and Physical Science at Cinnaminson High School.  I earned a degree in Chemical Engineering (Lafayette College, 2004).  My education and professional experience has helped me develop a unique skills set that can help Physics teachers succeed in the era of NGSS. 

    On top of teaching full time, I also am a Physics adjunct at Camden County College in Blackwood where I have taught  Physics for Automotive and non-Science majors.  I also coach wrestling at Cinnaminson HS.

    A major area of focus is that I have been extensively involved in researching and developing the pedagogy of spreadsheet modeling in the high school Physics curriculum (also Chemistry, Biology and Math).  I have done workshops and supplied schools in the area and across the country with "The Spreadsheet Lab Manual" which uses numerical methods (Euler's Method and Trapezoid Rule for example) to algebraically model non-ideal phenomena in Science.  


    Questions about the workshop?  contact Nancy at hhsphysics@comcast.net

    Payment in advance required.
    If using school invoice, please pay in advance, and a refund will be sent to you when your school check has been received.


    • 16 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bergen County College, Paramus, NJ
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    This is a preliminary announcement.  

    Finalized schedule to follow soon.

    Registration is open.

    Regional AAPT Meeting

    NJAAPT is pleased to host the Regional AAPT Meeting for Physics Teachers in the New Jersey / New York / New England / Long Island / Southeast Pennsylvania section areas.

    Dates:      November 16 & 17, 2018

    Friday November 16, 2018     Dinner Meeting, Speaker

    Saturday November 17, 2018   Presenters, Speakers, Demo Show, Workshops.    

    (the schedule of times/events/locations will be posted soon!)

    Location:   Bergen County College,  Paramus, NJ

    Registration Cost:        

    No on-site registrations.  Final deadline to register is Nov. 8, 2018.

    Friday Evening Dinner + Speaker, Poster sessions  

    $15   ($10 early registration by Oct 15)

    Saturday:    Presentations, Speakers, Demo show, & more...TBA.

    $35,  ($30 early registration by Oct 15)

    PTRA afternoon workshop Saturday    

    $30 (in addition to Saturday registration)


    Events include:  Guest Speakers, Poster sessions, Presentations, Workshops, and weather permitting, some Solar Observatory time.  Plus, it's a great opportunity to meet Physics teachers from the region, share ideas, and be part of a larger Professional Learning Community.

    Note:  The PTRA (Physics Teachers Resource Agents) group from AAPT will be conducting an optional 3-hour workshop Saturday afternoon entitled, "Topics from Modern Physics:  Quantum Computing and Gravitational Waves" .  If you wish to attend, it is an additional $30 on the meeting registration.   This PTRA workshop will focus on activities that lead students (and teachers !)  to an understanding of quantum computing and gravitational waves, using materials from the Perimeter Institute and Quantum Computing Institute.   Sounds intriguing !    Cost is $30 per participant for the 3- hour workshop.  Workshop leaders are Steve Henning and Alice Flarend.  General info about the PTRA group here.


    Professional Development hours will be provided by NJAAPT.

    The finalized schedule of events / times / locations will be posted soon!

    Payment in advance required.

    If using school invoice, please pay in advance, and a refund will be sent to you when your school check has been received.

    Questions about the event?  contact Nancy at hhsphysics (at) comcast.net


    Note to registrants from outside of New Jersey:

    When you register, you will be asked for email / contact information.  You are not required to join NJAAPT as a member (unless you want to !).  This contact information allows for us to send updates or other information about the event via email, or by phone if the email fails.

    After you register and input your email / contact information, you will receive an email with a random password to access your account.  You can log in to change your password and change email preferences (so you don't get NJAAPT email blasts about other events).

    Your information will not be used in any way, other than to contact you regarding the regional meeting.

    If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Kaplan at dkaplan (at) marsd.org


    Students:

    To register as a student, you must be a full-time student in Physics/Physics Education.  This must be verified through your email, and contact with your university advisor.


    • 19 Jan 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Washington Township High School, Sewell, NJ
    Register

    We look forward to your school's participation at this event.  The competition is a lot of fun and your students will meet, share experiences, and compete with other students from various parts of New Jersey.

    Be sure to sign up for the event location (North/South) that you are going to.

    This is for the NJ Olympics South Jersey.  The other event is NJ Olympics North/Central Jersey.

    This year's events are: 

    1. FERMI QUESTION: To estimate the order of magnitude of a quantity that is difficult or impossible to measure.

    2. GRAB BAG: On the day of the Olympics, the team will be given supplies to build a device that solves a  challenge.

    3. COFFEE CAN RACER: To design and build a coffee can racer that will roll down a ramp in the greatest amount of time.

    4. THE CATAPULT: To design and build a catapult that will launch a penny.

    5. THE EGG CATCHER : To construct a device (catcher) of minimum height into which a raw egg will be dropped from a height of not more than 14 feet and that will enable the egg to survive intact (uncracked).

    6. ZERO IMPACT VEHICLE:  To design a vehicle which, when released from eight  meters from a wall, will move as close as possible to the wall without touching it.

    Detailed rules can be found on the website under the "Events / Physics Olympics 2019" section.  To stay in touch with rules changes or post questions, go to the "Forum" section of the website.  You can subscribe to topics of interest to you to receive updates.

    Registration info:

    Signing up is free for members.  

    Each team that you bring must be registered as a Guest--do not forget to register your teams !!     (2 teams = 2 guests; a team = 1-6 students).   

    The costs are $26 per team for Early Bird registration (on or before December 15). 

    After 12/15, Regular registration will cost $37. 

    Final deadline:   Jan 7, 2018.


    You should see an invoice for payment when registered.  If you don't, you need to add your teams as "Guests".


    Payment in advance required.

    If using school invoice, please pay in advance, and a refund will be sent to you when your school check has been received.
    • 19 Jan 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Monmouth Regional High School, Tinton Falls, NJ
    Register
    We look forward to your school's participation at this event.  The competition is a lot of fun and your students will meet, share experiences, and compete with other students from various parts of New Jersey.


    Be sure to sign up for the event location (North/South) that you are going to.

    This is for the NJ Olympics North/Central Jersey.  The other event is NJ Olympics South Jersey.

    This year's events are: 

    1. FERMI QUESTION: To estimate the order of magnitude of a quantity that is difficult or impossible to measure.

    2. GRAB BAG: On the day of the Olympics, the team will be given supplies to build a device that solves a  challenge.

    3. COFFEE CAN RACER: To design and build a coffee can racer that will roll down a ramp in the greatest amount of time.

    4. THE CATAPULT: To design and build a catapult that will launch a penny.

    5. THE EGG CATCHER : To construct a device (catcher) of minimum height into which a raw egg will be dropped from a height of not more than 14 feet and that will enable the egg to survive intact (uncracked).

    6. ZERO IMPACT VEHICLE:  To design a vehicle which, when released from eight  meters from a wall, will move as close as possible to the wall without touching it.

    Detailed rules can be found on the website under the "Events / Physics Olympics 2019" section.  To stay in touch with rules changes or post questions, go to the "Forum" section of the website.  You can subscribe to topics of interest to you to receive updates.

    Registration info:

    Signing up is free for members.  

    Each team that you bring must be registered as a Guest--do not forget to register your teams !!     (2 teams = 2 guests; a team = 1-6 students).   

    The costs are $26 per team for Early Bird registration (on or before December 15). 

    After 12/15, Regular registration will cost $37. 

    Final deadline:   Jan 7, 2018.

    You should see an invoice for payment when registered.  If you don't, you need to add your teams as "Guests".

    Payment in advance required.

    If using school invoice, please pay in advance, and a refund will be sent to you when your school check has been received



     

     

     

     

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