VIRGINIA INSTRUCTORS OF PHYSICS
Volume 7 No. 3 Summer 1993
In this issue:
Physics Olympics at Kings Dominion Results
Opportunities for Educational Growth
Stuck on Blackboards
Fall meeting is October 1993 @UVa
9:00 - 9:30 Hello's (Coffee and Donuts)
9:30 - 10:30 Introductions
Greetings from our host
Virginia's Public Education Network (VaPEN) Update
VIP Business (Elections)
10:30 - 11:30 Demonstrations and a share session by fellow
Lots of freebies to be handed out
11:30 - 1:00 Lunch (not provided)
1:00 - 3:00 afternoon presentation (To Be Announced)
VIP FALL MEETING at UVA
Did you know there is a computer network that is free to
educator in the state? All that is needed to access the network is a
modem and a phone. Even the phone call is free! This network allows
access to NASA, Academy One, nation wide, Projects, local State wide
telecommunications projects, news groups that have daily discussions
about physics, math, computers, etc. electronic-mail and much, much,
more. Come to the meeting to find out more.
Bring something to share (50 copies of any written material). Bring
demo's Class projects, unique teaching strategies.
The registration form will be in the next newsletter due out in
The meeting is free and anyone/everyone is invited.
The Physics Olympics was held April 1993 at Paramount's
OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATIONAL GROWTH
PHYSICS AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS
The College of William and Mary is proud to announce the
continuation of a series of short courses taught by the faculty of
the Physics Department
Each course carries one graduate credit. (Graduate tuition $145 per
The courses are independent: Sign up for one, or any combination of
Meetings are on Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 pm in the Conference Room of
the William Small Physical Laboratory at the College in Williamsburg.
Parking permits will be issued.
The course material will be adapted to the needs of the
Physics 55OA : Refresher Calculus and Vector
Arithmetic, Professor John McKnight, Thursdays, September 2 through
23, 1993. A review of the mathematical tools needed for high school
physics, including a discussion of why vectors and elementary
calculus concepts are part of the language of physics
Physics 550B : The Universe. Its First 100.000
years, Professor Robert Welsh, Thursdays, September 30 through
October 21, 1993. A voyage of discovery from the Big Bang to the
beginning of the universe as we know it.
Physics 550C : Electricity and Magnetism, Professor
Roy Champion, Thursdays, October 28 through November 18, 1993. A
review of the basic facts and explanations, with simple demonstration
For information contact: Prof. John L. McKnight, Physics Dept.
College of W&M, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795 Tel. (804)221-3521
Application: Please in form Prof. McKnight of your intention to sign
up. Formal registration will be during the first class. Please bring
By Tony Wayne
Are your blackboards magnetic? If they are then here are a few
lecture tricks you can do. Often when doing presentations on the
board I need some arrows that stand out. To accomplish this I have
made magnetic arrows. Get a piece of, thin, fluorescent cardboard and
a sheet of magnetic material. The magnetic material is the stuff
"refrigerator magnets ate made of. It can be found in good craft
stores. I found 4" X 6" sheets for $1.49 each at a craft store.
Cut an arrow out of the cardboard that is small enough to fit on the
magnetic sheet. Cut out enough for cover the sheet. The peel of the
adhesive on the magnetic sheet and stick the arrows to the sheet.
Then with very good scissors of a sharp blade. Cut out the
When teaching projectile motion, cut a brightly colors superball in
half with a sharp blade. Stick the magnetic sheet to the flat side of
the ball. Have a gifted student draw a picture of an airplane, or get
a computer generated picture, cut it out and stick it to the adhesive
sheet. Using stronger magnets you can stick toys to the blackboard.
Use epoxy to stick heavier ceramic magnets to the heavier toys.
All these techniques work well as attention getters.
Editor: Tony Wayne, Albemarle High School, 2775 Hydraulic
Rd, Charlottesville, VA., 2201-8916. Internet address:
Published by: Dr. Bascom Deaver, Physics Department,
University of Virginia, McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901.