Meeting of the Idaho-Utah Section
The Idaho-Utah Section of the AAPT held its annual meeting,
March 6-7, 2009, at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
Duane Merrell, section president elect, organized the meeting.
Many thanks to Duane for a very successful event!
American Association of Physics Teachers
Provo, Utah, March 6-7, 2009
There were 73 attendees (those who paid the registration fee).
These included 35 students, 8 high-school teachers, and 30 college
and university faculty and staff.
There were total of 16 oral presentations given in three sessions on
Saturday. These included 4 students, 1 high-school teacher, and 11
college and university faculty.
On Saturday morning, Duane Merrell and John Ellsworth (BYU) held a
workshop which was attended by 20 high school teachers and students
preparing for a high-school teaching career. At this workshop, the
participants each constructed an induction-coil jumping ring
apparatus. Many thanks to Robert Beck Clark, Freeman Andersen, and
Scott Daniel who designed the apparatus and assembled the materials
needed. The materials were donated by the BYU Physics Department.
Physics Demonstration Show
Friday evening, following dinner,
we gathered for a physics demonstration show. The following are video clips
from the show:
Brigham Young University, Canning
David Kardelis, College of
Eastern Utah, Electric motors
Bryan Pyper, Brigham Young
University Idaho, Vortex cannon, Doppler ball, alpine horn, bag pipes
Harold Stokes, Brigham Young
University, Fun fly stick, tesla coil, third law using force sensors
London Jenks, Kerri Blum,
Allison Shaffer, Brigham Young University Idaho, Phonebook friction
Adam Beehler, University of
Utah, Float your boat, capillary star flower, frog eyes, fishy poker,
underwater light bulb, diffraction beams
James Coburn, Utah State
University, Magnet tennis balls, diffusion in hot and cold water,
red-green-blue flashing lights in a ball, coupled metronomes, floating
beads, magnet falling in tube, jumping ring, underwater light,
magnetic force accelerator
Ron Galli, Weber State
Cat twist and other angular momentum demos
John Ellsworth, Brigham Young
University, LED antenna: electrical standing waves
Richard Hills, Weber State
University, Standing waves on meter sticks and tuning forks
Duane Merrell, Brigham Young
University, Classroom management with a trash bag and a vacuum
Kent Gee, Brigham Young
How to mess up a piano
Following this show, we gathered in the planetarium for a star
show presented by Matt Divelbliss, a BYU undergraduate student.
We conducted our business meeting following lunch
We held elections of section officers. The officers of our section are now
constituted as follows:
We also elected a section web master: Steve Turley, Brigham Young University.
- President: Duane Merrell, Brigham Young University (former
president elect, automatically succeeded our former president, Gary
- President-Elect: Steve Shropshire, Idaho State University
(former Vice President. He will organize our annual section meeting
- Vice President: Farhang Amiri, Weber State University
- Treasurer: Adam Beehler, University of Utah
- Section Representive: Harold Stokes, Brigham Young
University (re-elected for another three-year term)
At the close of the meeting, we gave away prizes, drawing names at
random. Most of the prizes were "physics toys" and books. The grand
prize was an all-expense paid trip to the national AAPT meeting in Ann
Arbor, Michigan, July 25-29, 2009. The donor providing this prize
specified that it be awarded to a high-school teacher who has never
attended a national AAPT meeting. The winner was Brad Talbert, a
teacher at Pleasant Grove High School, Pleasant Grove, Utah.