Monday Morning Memo

Here's a brief synopsis of what's going on this week in regards to Physics... and beyond.

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The Physics Department would like to thank all of the Physics Students that spent time in the department for the Ithaca Today event on April 17.
Of note are:
Chris Stathis
Jill Neeley
Adam Iaizzi
Nate Porter
Vince Whitney
Kevin Hurley
Ryan Jefferis
Jodi-Ann Mclean
Zach Mink
Danny Bradac
Kenzie Zimmerman
Julia Russ

Each one of these students talked with prospective students and their parents. The Department of Physics thanks you for your time on Saturday. The most important interaction that prospective students and parents have is with current students.

Monday, May 2, 2011:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011:

Sigma Xi Banquet - 6 pm - 9 pm - Klingenstein

Thursday, May 5, 2011:

Physics Dept. Banquet - 5 pm - 8 pm - Klingenstein

Friday, May 6, 2011:

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Monday, April 25, 2011:

Tuesday, April 26, 2011:


Physics Seminar Series - Spring 2011

Please join us for a talk on: Work, Energy, and Systems: Using Research on Student Reasoning to Guide Curriculum Development with Dr. Beth Lindsey of Penn State Greater Allegheny:

This talk will provide an example that illustrates the role that research can play in guiding instruction and the development of curriculum in the context of introductory mechanics. I will describe an investigation into student reasoning about work, energy, and systems. Student performance on written questions suggests that traditional instruction is insufficient to help students develop a functional understanding of these concepts.  Many difficulties arise that affect students’ ability to reason about the changes in energy of an extended system. The difficulties identified by research have implications for instruction at the introductory level and in subsequent courses, as well as for K-12 education. These findings have prompted revisions to existing curriculum1 and guided the development of new tutorials to address many of the difficulties identified by research. Results from three institutions will be presented to provide evidence for the effectiveness of the curriculum.    

All seminars will be held in CNS 204 at 12:10 (unless otherwise indicated). Pizza and refreshments will be available for $1. Remember to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Please bring your own cup.

Wednesday April 27, 2011:

Thursday, April 28, 2011:

Friday, April 29, 2011:

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Monday, April 11, 2011:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011:

Wednesday April 13, 2011:


Thursday, April 14, 2011:

Friday, April 15, 2011:

Public Viewing Night, Friday, April 15th from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

You are invited to join the Ithaca College Department of Physics for a Public Viewing of the night sky at the Clinton B. Ford Observatory Friday, April 15th from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Attending a Public Night
To attend a public night, just show up at the vehicle 'turn around' in front of the entrances of Smiddy Hall and CHS (F lot side).  A shuttle van will make regular runs to convey people up to the observatory and back down. There is no parking available at the observatory and the access road is NOT lighted, so please do not walk up.

Bad Weather Plan
The "go/no-go" decision for any public night will be made at 3:30 p.m. on the scheduled date. Our web page and the recorded message at the observatory will be updated shortly thereafter to reflect the decision for that evening. If you check our site or call the observatory at 274-3012 after about 4:00 p.m. (to give us time to post an update) you will get the final decision for that evening.

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