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UWRF to Host Meeting of Physics Minds

Oct. 15, 2010--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Physics Department will host the Wisconsin Association of Physics Teachers (WAPT) and Minnesota Area Association of Physics Teachers (MAAPT) meeting on Oct. 29-30.

WAPT and MAAPT meet individually once every year and these two organizations meet jointly once every ten years. Typically members involved with this meeting are high school teachers and college professors. This year however, students are welcome to come and participate.

“It’s an opportunity for people to get together and learn new things about this new and exciting science,” says Jim Madsen, chair of the Physics Department. “It also allows for educators to share and learn new teaching approaches and is an opportunity for people to interact with people who have similar interests, and creates a great environment for networking.”

A variety of workshops are planned. Topics include: “An Easy, Nontraditional Method for Calculating Impulse,” “Amusement Park Physics Old and New,” “PhET: Online Simulations to Enhance Learning,” “Mapping the Milky Way Galaxy,” and “Bringing South Pole Science to the Classroom.”

On Oct. 29, Professor Albrecht Karle of UW-Madison will discuss the latest on the IceCube Project and the UWRF Observatory will be open for viewing, weather permitting. The students of the UW-River Falls Physics Society will also hold its annual Haunted Laboratory following all scheduled events on that evening.

Registration for this event is $10. Registration forms and more information can be found at http://www.uwec.edu/wapt/Meetings/2010/index.html. For additional information, contact Matthew Vonk, assistant professor of physics, at matthew.vonk@uwrf.edu or call 715-425-3196.


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