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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 public.

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 Tsunami".

For more conference information, please contact Dr. Summers at 770-720-5597 or RDS@reinhardt.edu.

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