American Association of Physics Teachers
Chesapeake Section

Call for Papers

Fall 2003 Section Meeting
Tidewater Community College
Virginia Beach, VA

November 7-8, 2003

Directions        Banquet      Lodgings        Registration

The 2003 Fall Meeting of the Chesapeake Section of AAPT will be held at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8. In keeping with the traditional format, workshops will be held on Friday with a banquet held that night. Saturday will be dedicated to oral presentations and demonstrations. Locations of these events are as follows:

Workshops, Banquet, and Hotel Accommodations: Barclay Towers Resort Hotel
Presentations: Pungo Auditorium, F-133 in the Pungo Building

[Note: reservations for hotel accommodations are due by Friday, October 17. [Note: It may still be possible to reserve rooms in this block, even though the deadline is passed. However the available rooms are fading fast...] Please see lodgings page for additional details.]

You are encouraged to reach out and contact at least one local physics teacher--or school--in your area that you could invite to this meeting. It often happens that someone might attend if given the little extra incentive of being personally invited, offered encouragement, offered a ride, or some other small boost by our regular attendees. Remember that annual dues are waived for new high school teachers and adjunct professors.

The local contact person for the Fall 2003 Section Meeting is:

  David Wright
Tidewater Community College
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
      Phone: (757) 822-7307
      FAX (757) 427-0327

Preregistration by October 24 for the meeting is encouraged. Please see registration page for additional details.


The banquet will be held at Barclay Towers Resort Hotel and the price will be $25.00 per person. Reservation requests for the banquet are being handled by our section treasurer Deonna Woolard. Please see instructions for banquet registration. Postmark deadline: Friday, October 24.

Uncovering Nature's Secrets to Successful Flight
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Barry S. Lazos
NASA Langley Research Center.
Abstract and additional information

Workshops for the Fall Meeting

Both workshops will be located at Barclay Towers Resort Hotel.

Project CLEA in the 21st Century: Observational Astronomy Simulations in the Instructional Laboratory

Dick Cooper,
Gettysburg College
Though the value of hands-on learning has long been recognized by educators, it is difficult to design laboratories in astronomy classes that present realistic astrophysical techniques to undergraduate students. Unlike most other sciences, astronomy is largely observational, not experimental, and making useful observations involves expensive equipment over time scales incovenient for pedagogy. In recent years, however, astronomy has gone almost completely digital, and the advent of large on-line data bases and fast personal computers has made it possible to realistically simulate the experience of research astrophysics in the laboratory. <more...>

Creating Interactive Applets with Macromedia Director

Raman Pfaff,
Web-based physics applets allow students to actively explore concepts in classroom demonstrations or independent study, and can be integrated with online assessment to increase student learning. Creation of the applets (similar to those at and is possible with many techniques (JAVA, Flash, VRML, etc.). This interactive tutorial will focus on Macromedia Director (for the Mac or PC platform). The tutorial will present the fundamentals of Director, and the Director programming language (Lingo) that enables advanced simulations. Topics will include creation of an interactive applet, importing cast members, developing scripts, and placing completed files on the Web, along with discussion of the Havok Physics Xtra and 3D support that are included with Macromedia Director. While demonstrating the software, we will step through the entire development process for a simple simulation. Each participant will receive a CD with sample files.

Papers and Demonstrations

This is a call for papers for the Saturday session. Coffee, refreshments, and registration will be at 8:00am Saturday morning in Pungo Auditorium, which is F-133 in the Pungo Building. Papers will begin at 8:30am. Presentation times will be 15 minutes, including discussion and questions.

For your convenience, lunch will be made available on campus for $10.00. The meal will include choice of three soups, salad and dressing, meat and cheese trays for sandwiches, assorted breads and condiments, assorted desserts, coffee, tea. Please include payment with your registration.

Coffee, juice, assorted pasteries, and fruit tray will be available during registration and snack breaks, courtesy of the Dean of the College.

Prizes will be awarded for the best paper representing a significant contribution to the teaching of physics at each of four levels: University and College, Two Year College, High School, and Undergraduate Research.

A Physics Demonstration Session is being organized as part of our contributed papers session on Saturday morning. Demos shoud be approximately 5 minutes in duration, with a 10 minute maximum. In your abstract please indicate the nature of the demonstration and how much time you need (5 or 10 minutes). Also indicate any equipment needs, if there is something that you might need to have provided.

The suggested deadline for submitting abstracts for the Saturday session is October 24, 2003. If you would like to submit a paper or demonstration, please send the information including author(s) names, affiliation(s), title, and abstract by e-mail (preferred) or regular mail to David Wright with Cc: to George Watson. Please also indicate if you have technology needs (computer projector, VCR) for your presentation

As usual, a business meeting will follow the contributed papers. Please plan to attend.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Special Saturday Evening Event!

There will be a total lunar eclipse on the evening of November 8th. It begins about 6:35 pm with totality at 8:20 pm. TCC will host an eclipse party at the college, just outside Pungo Building. An assortment of telescopes and binoculars will be available (including brand new binoculars that have 6" objective mirrors!) to view the eclipse (weather permitting!) Conference attendees are welcome to attend and can take advantage of a second night at the hotel for the same price as Friday night.

Last updated October 21, 2003.