20th Annual Fall Meeting
North Carolina Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers
Joint with the Zone 5 SPS Meeting
October 16-17, 2015
Davidson College
Davidson, NC

program: updated 3/10/00 call for papers


Meeting Program: Epitome and Full Program

Zone Meeting Agenda


General Meeting Information

The 20th Annual Fall Meeting of the North Carolina Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, joint with the Society of Physics Students Zone 5, will be held October 16-17, 2015 at the Physics Department at Davidson College. There are numerous special events that we have on tap:

Eric Mazur Abigail Mechtenberg
Invited Speakers: Eric Mazur and Abigail Mechtenberg

Friday Night: Two talks (at 6pm & 7:30pm) by Peer Instruction’s author Eric Mazur. The first talk, “Confessions of a Converted Lecturer”, is about how Eric’s teaching evolved away from lecturing and the second talk, “Flat Space, Deep Learning”, is about Mazur’s new engineering physics class. In between the talks will be refreshments and an opportunity to meet Eric.

Saturday Poster Session and Demo Expo: For an entire hour unopposed by talks, undergraduate and graduate students will present their research posters supported by the Society of Physics Students. At the same time, participants are invited to show off their favorite low cost demonstrations.

Saturday Invited Talks: Our two invited speakers are Eric Mazur and Abigail Mechtenberg. Dr. Mazur (Harvard) will discuss the pedagogy in his new introductory physics textbook in a talk entitled, “Teaching Physics, Conservation Laws First”. Dr. Mechtenberg (Notre Dame) will talk about her pedagogical approaches to teaching and outreach in a talk titled, “Physics Education: Experimental Design Pedagogy from the US to Uganda”.

Lunch Saturday at the Davidson Commons: A short 10-minute walk to the Commons followed by an all you can eat lunch (which many have said is the highlight of any Davidson meeting). We will allow a longer 15-minute walk back.

The Great Physics T-Shirt Giveaway: If you have attended an AAPT or NCS-AAPT Meeting in the past you have likely seen John Hubisz in one of his famous physics T-shirts. Well, John is giving away his collection at this Meeting during the afternoon business meeting. His one-of-a-kind “∆x∆p ≤ ħ/2” shirt will be auctioned to the highest bidder with proceeds going to the NCS-AAPT’s Mary Creason Fund which supports HS teachers attending NCS-AAPT Meetings.

Registration: $34 non-member, $28 member, $24 student, $14 student poster presenters. Saturday lunch is included in the registration fee.

Room Block: We have a room block at the Hampton Inn Charlotte/Lake Norman-Cornelius at a guaranteed rate of $109.00 for Friday night. Other nearby hotels range from $70-$140 a night. Follow the link to the accomodations page.