Using Radar to Track the Speed of Baseballs.
Sportvision, a video tracking technology company
located in Mountain View, CA, donated radar and a
custom-built and desgined computerized tracking
system. This system is so powerful it not only
tracks the speed of the ball but the speed of the
pitcher's body parts and the swing of the
Using High Speed Photography to Investigate
"Pitching Physics with Baseball"
A book co-authored with David Kagan, professor of
physics at California State University, Chico, in
which activities requiring a minimum of mathematics
explore the underlying principles of pitching,
hitting, and running in baseball.
Resurrecting/refurbishing former laser light show
equipment for "Laser Odyssey".
Students from my AP Physics class have succeeded in
getting the system up and running again for the
first time in over 20 years. We put on a mini-one
song laser show demonstration during Open House
March 19th and the following day for many students
when it was a minimum day. Reaction was very
positive! Our attempts to videotape the show,
however, were not successful. If there is a camera
expert out there who can give us suggestions how to
videotape it, we'd be most grateful.
Assembling dramatic demonstrations for 8th grade
presentations by members of Physics
New technology in the classroom.
How's this for a homework assignment? Figure out
ways to analyze motion using a camera that takes
1200 frames per second--that's what my AP Physics
students have been asked to do. Thanks to a
donation from the GATE parents, we now have a Casio
EX-F1 camera that does just that (check out my
'milk drop video" under my video
You are welcome to email any suggestions you might
Currently organizing the logistics and financial
backing for The Physics Circus from the University
of Minnesota to visit the San Francisco Bay Area.