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Physics Teacher SOS
       If you're a new teacher or maybe contemplating a career teaching physics, or possibly new to teaching physics, or even a veteran teacher looking to learn some new tricks of the trade to revitalize your curriculum, I encourage you to attend one of 4, day-long Physics Teacher SOS (PTSOS) workshops. You'll meet other like teachers from all over Northern California to interact and network with. The workshops are very informative and a lot of fun, and thanks to a generous grant from the Brown Foundation, they are absolutely FREE! Contact me (
pablo@laserpablo.com) or our PTSOS Outreach Coordinator Val Monticue (ThePTSOS@gmail.com) for more information. You can also visit our website at www.ptsos.org.

* Teachers at San Mateo PTSOS#2, Jan 22, 2011, Giving Physics a Whirl! VIDEO
* See Pictures of the January 22, 2011 Workshop PHOTOS
* See Pictures of the January 31, 2009 Workshop PHOTOS
* Check out our 2009 attendees doing the "Flying Pig" VIDEO
* Van de Graaff Fun at PTSOS Spring 2009 VIDEO

For information on the 2017-2018 workshops go to PTSOS.org
PTSOS--Vision and Overview, by Paul Robinson
PTSOS-AAPT-2009.ppt (Powerpoint) | PTSOS-AAPT-2009.pdf (Adobe Reader)
  



  

Northern California/Nevada American Association of Physics Teachers
Next Meeting -- City College of San Francisco, November 14-15, 2014



NCNAAPT Meeting, April 12, 2014
Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
Invited Talks and Presentations


Share-N-Tell
Chaired by David Kagan (
phys.csuchico.edu/kagan)

Vernier Software & Technology - Past, Present and Future
by David and Christine Vernier (
vernier.com)

Mission: Mars - Steps Toward the First Human Mission to the Red Planet
by Pascal Lee (
pascallee.net)

Einstein and Quantum Mechanics - It's Not What You Think
by A. Douglas Stone (
appliedphysics.yale.edu/douglas-stone)
    



 

Mission: Mars
by Pascal Lee
       Learn about what it takes to send humans to Mars--from spacesuits and rovers to surviving subzero temperatures and raging dust storms.
[
read review] [buy on Amazon]


 

Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian
by A. Douglas Stone
       Stone shows how Einstein's ideas animated the development of quantum mechanics from its infancy through its first quarter century.
[
read review] [buy on Amazon]


 

A Sad Day in the Neighborhood
Paul Doherty, the Exploratorium's beloved senior scientist, dies at age 69.

Paul Doherty dies at age 69

Paul, in his own words (Youtube)

Paul Doherty - A Man For All Seasons (pptx)

History of the Exploratorium, by Dr. Frank Oppenheimer (video)

Celebrating the life of Paul Doherty (video)


- Dave Kagan's website, Department of Physics, CSU, Chico:
  
http://phys.csuchico.edu/kagan/
     "An Inexpensive Magnus Force Demonstrator"
          
http://phys.csuchico.edu/baseball/Pubs/magnus.pdf
     "Happy and Sad Balls and Newton's Cradle"
          
http://phys.csuchico.edu/kagan/professional/papers/happyballs.pdf
     "Radioactive Learning: Visual Representation of Radioactive Decay Using Dice"
          
http://phys.csuchico.edu/kagan/professional/papers/dice.pdf
     "Gaussain Accelerators"
          
http://phys.csuchico.edu/kagan/professional/papers/GaussAccelerator.pdf
     "Soda Cans 'All Shook Up'"
          
http://physics.csuchico.edu/kagan/professional/papers/soda.pdf


- Dan Burns Cartoon Physics
  
http://www.lghs.net/about_us/staff_directory/teacher_pages/dan_burns/

Road Runner Physics, by Dan Burns:

http://www.lghs.net/about_us/staff_directory/teacher_pages/dan_burns/
road_runner_physics/

Science on the Simpsons, by Dan Burns:

http://www.lghs.net/about_us/staff_directory/teacher_pages/dan_burns/
science_of_simpsons/

           

Lab Manuals
       
Contemporary College Physics Laboratory Manual with Computer Activities (out of print) published in 1991 by Addison-Wesley to accompany Jones & Childers, Sears & Zemansky, and
Bueche texts.
       Coming soon . . .
              • Conceptual Physics, 11e, College Edition, © 2010
              • Conceptual Physics, 4e for High Schools, © 2009
              • Conceptual Physics, 10e, College Edition, © 2006


"Suggested Sequence of Activities & Labs for Projectile Motion"

1.

"Hang Time" activity--described on the last page of Chapter 3 of Hewitt, 4e (white).

2.

"Reaction Time", lab activity from Conceptual Physics Lab Manual

3.

Conceptual Physics Worksheet 4-1 (4 pages)

4.

Conceptual Physics Worksheet 5-1 (2 pages)

5.

"Dropped or Fired Bullet"--demonstration apparatus from Cenco, Cat# WL-0877

6.

"Dropped or Fired Bullet" (from MythBusters)--video from my website (Videos page)

7.

"Rock Off a Cliff", activity from my website (also on my Student Resources page)

8.

"Bull's Eye" lab activity from Conceptual Physics Lab Manual

9.

"Tangent Method"--how to construct an angle without a protractor

10.

"Anatomy of a Homer" lab activity Conceptual Physics Lab Manual

11.

For AP Physics Students Only: "Sharp Shooter", from Laboratory Manual with Computer Activities, John Wiley (1991).

- Advice to New Teachers: "Increasing Your Impact" (PDF)

- How to Introduce Students to Your Text: "Getting to Know Your Textbook" (PDF)

- "Put Me in Coach"--The Physics of Baseball: SF2011.ppt | SF2011.pdf

- Squashed Salute: Chico State University Pumpkin Drop Honors Leader:
  
http://www.chicoer.com/fromthenewspaper/ci_16465582
  Pumpkin Drop Video:
http://www.krcrtv.com/video/25558319/index.html

- Paul Falstad's Simulations: http://www.falstad.com/mathphysics.html

- "Physics of Car Crashes" Study Guide: PhysicsofCarCrash.pdf

- A great Optics website by Clarence Bakken: Optics Bookshelf

Bull's Eye Ramp: Information and MATH CHECKER 

- "Next-Time Questions" by Paul Hewitt. Challenging and fascinating questions that will spark interest and discussion amongst your students.

- Derivation of Exchange of Velocities:
  
ExchangeofVelocities.ppt | ExchangeofVelocities.pdf

- Derivation of the Relative Velocity of Approach Equals the
  Velocity of Recession
:
VelocityofApproach_.pdf

- Generalized Case of the Elastic Collision of Two Bodies:
  
CollisionsinOneDimension.ppt

- Periods of Satellites Around and Through the Earth:
  
PeriodsofSatellites_v2.ppt | PeriodsofSatellites_v2.pdf

- Kinetic Theory of Gases: KineticTheory_Gases.pdf

- Pepper's Ghost 

- Derivation of the Rydberg Constant:
  
DerivationRydbergConstant.ppt | DerivationRydbergConstant.pdf

- Derivation of E=mc^2:
  
E=mc^2_Derivation2.ppt | E=mc^2_Derivation2.pdf

- Space-Time Simulator, by Dan Burns: Spacetimesimulator.pdf

- Labs (more coming...)
          • Sticky Electrostatics:
StickyElectrostatics.pdf
          • Temperature of a Flame:
TempofaFlame.pdf
          • Reaction Time:
ReactionTime.pdf
          • Anatomy of a Homer:
AnatomyofaHomer.pdf
          • LN Cool Stuff:
LNCoolStuff.pdf
          • Flying Pig:
FlyingPig.pdf
          • Why The Sky is Blue:
WhySkyisBlue.pdf

- Related Links
          • PTSOS:
www.ptsos.org
          • NCN AAPT:
www.ncnaapt.org
          • AAPT:
www.aapt.org
          • NSTA:
www.nsta.org
          • CSTA:
www.cascience.org/csta/csta.asp
          • Cenco Physics Blog:
http://blog.cencophysics.com/
          • California High School Physics Standards:
http://www.physics.ucla.edu/HighSchoolPhysics

- Related Videos
          • Large Hadron Collider (LHC):
                  
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/08/the_large_hadron_collider.html
                  
ATLAS Experiment - The Latest News at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
          • Frames of Reference Video Online:
http://www.archive.org/details/frames_of_reference
          • A Million to One:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd4uHUMvvbc

- Films of Interest
          • My Favorite Movies
                 
2001--A Space Odyssey Study Guide--SE.pdf
                        
2001--A Space Odyssey Study Guide--TE.pdf (Teachers please email me for password.)
                        
Survivability of the Vacuum of Space (external webpage)
                 
Apollo 13 Study Guide--SE.pdf
                        
Apollo 13 Study Guide--TE.pdf (Teachers please email me for password.)
                 
Elegant Universe Questionaire.pdf
                 
Right Stuff Questions.pdf
                 --------
                 
Amadeus
                 
Dr. Zhivago (A Classic)
                 
Tale of Two Cities

- NASA Rates the Most Realistic and Unrealistic Sci-Fi Films of All Time:
   
http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/01/03/nasa-names-most-realistic-and-unrealistic-sci-fi-films-of-all-ti/

- Video Clips (see Videos page)

- Activities (coming soon)

- Casio EX F1 Digital Camera User Manual: CasioEXF1_Manual.pdf


Returning Sanity to the Classroom-Eliminating the Testing Mania
by Horace (Rog) Lucido
You can find Rog's new book
HERE (publisher) and HERE (Amazon)

Educational Genocide-A Plague on our Children
by Horace (Rog) Lucido
Common Core Exposed PowerPoint/Movie
CommonCoreExposed.pptx
by Horace (Rog) Lucido
For more info, see Rog's Blog:
http://testingabuse.blogspot.com/

Check out Rog's
FACEBOOK PAGE for succinct commentary on the key elements of both books.

- CA STAR Test, 2009 Released Physics Questions: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/documents/cstrtqphysics.pdf
   
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/css05rtq.asp
   
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/resources.asp