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More meeting info

The meeting is getting closer and more info is available:

Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8:45am. Remember, we will have the election of officers so make sure to attend the Business meeting which will begin at 9:15.

We have a great line-up of presentations and workshops.

  • Presentations by astronomers Richard Harshaw and Jimmy Ray

o   Speckle Interferomety and its role in double star research, – Richard Harshaw

o   Kitt Peak’s McMath Solar Telescope – Jimmy Ray

  • Workshop – Pinhole Cameras  – Michael Canham
  • “The Origin of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity- Did It Come From Lorentz, Poincaré, and Minkowski?”, Steve Barr
  • Workshop  – Hands – on experiments using inexpensive and ordinary materials, Arnold Yanof

Also, here is a map with labels of CGC campus.

We have a location – and another presenter

We have a location for the fall meeting on September 20, 2014. It will be at the Pecos Campus of Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The address is: 2626 East Pecos Road, Chandler, Arizona 85225-2499. Room Ironwood Hall 107/108. A campus map will be provided later.

Also, another presenter:
Michael Canham will do a presentation on “Pinhole Cameras in the Classroom” – Since I, Michael Canham, am the one writing this I can tell you that I am trying to plan for something BIG.

Fall 2014 Meeting – first presenters

Here are the first two presenters:

  1.  Steve Barr – “The Origin of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity- Did It Come From Lorentz, Poincaré, and Minkowski? And What About FitzGerald?”. You may recall that Steve did the Ohm’s Law workshop last Fall.
  1.  Arne Yanof – hands – on experiments for PHY112 which use inexpensive and ordinary materials.

We still need more presenters so any thoughts or suggestions you have will be much appreciated.

Register for the meeting now through our webpage –

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

2014 Fall Meeting Coming Up

Hello all,

The 2014 Fall meeting for AzAAPT is coming soon.  It will be held somewhere in the Phoenix area on September 20th.  The exact location is yet to be determined.  A list of presenters / activities will be updated as we get them.  We will post these updates here, on Facebook and on the website.

If you are interested in being a presenter please let us know.  You can email us or comment on this blog post.

You can register now for the meeting at:

Save yourself a few dollars and signup early.

Physics Research Article Site

Recently I was alerted to a site that makes some current physics research articles available.

The site is:  (Physics: Spotlighting Exceptional Research)

It seems to have a lot of interesting areas and a lot to look at. Maybe others will find it interesting as well.

Keep your eyes open for more info about the Spring meeting in September.

Free Entry into Musical Instrument Museum in Arizona

Join us in July for Educator Appreciation Month, when all K-12 Arizona teachers and school administrators can visit MIM for free.

Educators are also invited to an exclusive Teacher Preview Day on July 19 and 27. Over light refreshments and live musical performances, teachers will be able to:

* See a performance by Artist in Residence Step’s Junk  Funk
*  Take a sneak peek at MIM’s newest school-tour option and see demonstrations of our science curriculum
*  Learn about Common Core and Arizona State Standards curricula available to use with their students
pre- and post-visit
*  Receive information about grant opportunities
*  Win great prizes, including concert tickets, MIM gift cards, dinner at local restaurants, supplies for your
classroom, and more
*  New This Year! For every colleague you bring to Teacher Preview Days, you will each receive an additional entry for a chance to win great prizes.

Register now!

This program is made possible with the support of Western Refining and APS.

*During the entire month of July, Arizona K-12 educators, administrators, principals, registered student teachers, and homeschool educators will receive free museum admission with a school ID, fingerprint clearance, or affidavit of intent.

Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050
480.478.6000 | | Open Daily

Book of demonstrations by a local teacher


After teaching high school physics for twenty-five years, I retired with a glow of satisfaction and fulfillment. How I enjoyed teaching physics. In my teaching approach I had put an emphasis on doing physics demonstrations that were relevant, clear and right down fun. I found that my students got more mentally involved with the learning process when they could see some physics principle at work in a fun demonstration.

I decided to put to paper forty-eight of my most popular and fun demonstrations in a book entitled Musings of a Retired Physics Teacher. I truly believe physics teachers would benefit from reading it. It is available on Amazon. I do not know if you have some kind of bulletin board for placing such an announcement as this but I thought I would put out a query.  Here is a link to the book on Amazon:

Musings of a Retired Physics Teacher

I might add that I have had several articles published in The Physics Teacher, back when I was teaching.

Jack L. Smith

Trying out the Blogging

Hello all,

We have decided to also try out the concept of Blogging here at AzAAPT.  Posts can only be put up by administrators, but comments can be made by all.

If you have something you think other people in AzAAPT would be interested in please contact me (the current web administrator) at:

We can see about getting your posts up as quickly as possible.

Michael Canham – Treasurer of AzAAPT