11/6 Preview: Aaron Titus—Physics on steroids-how to give your class a shot in the arm

Our speaker this Wednesday will be Professor Aaron Titus, from High Point University in North Carolina.

Here is an abstract for his talk:

Physics on steroids — how to give your physics class a shot in the arm

I like to define undergraduate research as asking interesting questions and finding answers to those questions. The kinds of topics that many GPD members have described in their blogs are great examples. Video analysis is one of the most economical and flexible experimental techniques to enable students to do undergraduate research, starting with introductory physics. Students’ projects will be demonstrated, with an emphasis on the benefit of undergraduate research in introductory physics in high school and in the first two years of college.

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Student capstones

We heard capstone presenations from one of John’s 9th graders, Josh’s 11th graders, and Andy’s first year students. One project was on how long it takes two bodies to collide from the gravitational force, one was on the timbre of vocal sounds, and one was on the acoustics of home-made pvc flutes.

Here’s the recording

coaching for Bauer (for next week: 4/25/2012)

Next week we’ll be coaching Chija Bauer. I’ve sent emails to those who have participated in coaching before with directions on how to view her video and how to give some feedback on particular questions she has before we meet. If you’d like to participate but haven’t received that email, please email me (andy.rundquist@gmail.com) and I’ll send you the information. Thanks! -Andy

Peter Bohacek: Video physics problems

Last night we talked with Peter about the videos he has created that allow students to make measurements of physical events. He puts various scales on the videos to facilitate measurements, and we compared and contrasted this approach to using something like Vernier Logger Pro or Tracker.

Here’s the recording.

Next week we’ll talk with Brendan Noon and others about the Flipped Classroom approach for physics teaching. Join us!