Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SCAPTI Photos and Highlights

I am posting photos from a successful Southern California Advanced Physics Teaching Institute (SCAPTI) workshop. We had two week-long sessions this summer with around 40 teachers in attendance, about 20 at each session. Each teacher received an excellent goodie bag full of lab supplies and a thick binder filled with useful curriculum. 

Already looking forward to next summer! Here's the flier.

A spinning aquarium demonstrates 
centripetal force

Hands-on Laboratory Instruction: 
in this case, momentum collision with photogates

Participants work in small groups 
and actually get to do the labs. 

Several demonstrations explained, 
as well as the physics behind them.

Two photogates can report to a single terminal

There is often time for one-on-one instruction on 

confusing ideas and finer details.

James Lincoln, MS, MEd, explains how

 torque is proportionate to radius.

Participants immediately apply the idea of torque to an introductory experiment.

The units of torque are worked out, answering a specific question.  It turns out they are not Joules, but Joules per radian.

Information on the next upcoming workshop will be found at


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