03/03/05 - Tap Into The Energy Of Physics At Reinhardt College On March 11 & 12, 2005
What do toy cars, bungee jumpers, an airplane and an infrared blaster have to do with physics?
Come to the regional conference of the American Association of
Physics Teachers, AAPT, to be hosted on the Waleska, Ga., campus of
Reinhardt College on March 11 and 12, 2005, to find out. The 1 p.m.
seminar on Saturday, "Physics, Toys and Einstein," will explore Albert
Einstein's theories by utilizing a number of children's toys.
Reinhardt Professor of Physics and Mathematics Dr.
Richard D. Summers serves on the board of Southern Atlantic Coast
Section of AAPT and is helping to host the regional conference. He is
looking forward to welcoming university, college and high school
teachers to Waleska, and he wants to encourage more participation from
high school, middle and elementary school educators, as well as from the
AAPTwas established in 1930 with the goal of
ensuring the "dissemination of knowledge of physics, particularly by way
of teaching." The Association has more than 11,000 members in 30
countries.The Southern Atlantic Coast Section includes
members from Georgia and South Carolina who teach physics at the college
or high school level, and it provides a forum for these educators to
exchange ideas and learn about effective methods of physics instruction.
The March 11 & 12 program will also include "An Interview
with Dr. Einstein," during which the famous inventor will be portrayed
by Reinhardt Professor of Biology Dr. Eddie B. Robertson, and Summers
will be the interviewer. The topic "Cold Fusion" will also be explored
Friday evening. The Friday evening events will be held in the Floyd A.
and Fay W. Falany Performing Arts Center on the Reinhardt Campus.
The Saturday morning program in the Hill Freeman Library and
Spruill Learning Center will include the following presentations fro
AAPT members: "The Physics Teachers of Tomorrow are the Elementary
Students of Today"; "Beats and Aural Harmonics"; Using the Spins Applet
to Build Ideas of Quantum Mechanics"; The Rural PTRA Program; Where We
Are, Where are We Going"; "Friction on an Inclined Plane"; and "What is a
For more conference information, please contact Dr. Summers at 770-720-5597 or RDS@reinhardt.edu.