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Physics Research & Education
Mechanics
June 13-18, 2004
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

This unique conference will bring together teachers of classical mechanics and nonlinear dynamics, forefront researchers in these areas, and physics education researchers. The goal is to identify ways to effectively teach relevant lecture, laboratory, and computational courses in classical mechanics and nonlinear dynamics (including fractals and classical chaos), primarily at the undergraduate level.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and check-in
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmHISTORY AND OVERVIEW
Discussion Leader: Robert Hilborn (Amherst College & U. Nebraska-Lincoln)
7:30 pm - 8:30 pmBenoit Mandelbrot (Yale University & IBM)
"Towards a science of roughness: History and overview of fractals"
8:30 pm - 9:30 pmEdward Lorenz (MIT)
"The Recognition of Chaotic Behavior"
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:45 amPhoto
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPHYSICS EDUCATION RESEARCH (PER)
Discussion Leader: Kerry Browne (Dickinson College)
9:00 am - 9:45 amPaula Heron (University of Washington)
"Research on student understanding of mechanics: Overview and latest results."
9:45 am - 10:30 amRachel Scherr (University of Maryland) and Stamatis Vokos (Seattle Pacific University)
"Understanding student reasoning: Relativity as a case study"
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:45 amBrad Ambrose (Grand Valley State University)
"Investigating student understanding in intermediate mechanics: Identifying a need for a tutorial approach to instruction"
11:45 am - 12:30 pmCorinne Manogue (Oregon State University)
"Improving visual and geometrical understanding of upper-division mechanics"
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm TEXTBOOKS AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
Discussion Leader: Priscilla Laws (Dickinson College)
7:30 pm - 8:30 pmJohn R. Taylor (University of Colorado)
"What should be in an upper-division mechanics text?"
8:30 pm - 9:30 pmRuth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood (North Carolina State University)
"Starting from fundamental principles"
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmRETHINKING THE MECHANICS CURRICULUM: ACTION AS A UNIFYING THEME
Discussion Leader: Robert Romer (Amherst College)
9:00 am - 10:00 amEdwin Taylor (MIT)
"Introducing physics with action"
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:30 amJozef Hanc (Technical University, Slovakia)
"Lagrange's victory and Euler's comeback"
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Tom Moore (Pomona College)
"Action: Training our majors for contemporary physics"
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 1
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmRESEARCH IN NONLINEAR DYNAMICS AND CHAOS I
Discussion Leader: Greg Voth (Wesleyan University)
7:30 pm - 8:30 pmJerry Gollub (Haverford College & University of Pennsylvania)
"Mixing in Fluids: Nonlinear Hamiltonian Dynamics in Real Space"
8:30 pm - 9:30 pmTom Solomon (Bucknell University)
"Table-top experiments in chaotic mixing and reacting flows"
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNONLINEAR DYNAMICS AND CHAOS IN UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
Discussion Leader: Edwin Taylor (MIT)
9:00 am - 9:45 amPriscilla Laws (Dickinson College)
"A chaotic physical pendulum for the introductory lab"
9:45 am - 10:30 amRobert DeSerio (University of Florida)
"A chaotic physical pendulum for the upper division lab"
10:30 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:45 amMatthew Moelter (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)
"Lab-based course in nonlinear dynamics"
11:45 am - 12:30 pmJulien C. Sprott (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
"Simple chaotic systems and circuits"
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 2
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmRESEARCH IN NONLINEAR DYNAMICS AND CHAOS II
Discussion Leader: Eric Weeks (Emory University)
7:30 pm - 8:30 pmMichael Dennin (University of California, Irvine)
"Nonlinear dynamics experiments with soft materials"
8:30 pm - 9:30 pmWolfgang Losert (University of Maryland)
"Granular dynamics experiments: Visual demonstrations of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics"
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBROADENING THE FOCUS OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS I
Discussion Leader: Gerald Jay Sussman (MIT)
9:00 am - 10:00 amSarah Bolton (Williams College)
"NLD in mode-locked lasers"
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:30 amRobert Hilborn (Amherst College & U. Nebraska-Lincoln)
"No noise is bad noise: Stochastic effects in nonlinear dynamics."
11:30 am - 12:30 pmRaymond Goldstein (University of Arizona)
"An interdisciplinary graduate laboratory for biological physics"
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 5:00 pmFree Time
5:00 pm Business Meeting
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBROADENING THE FOCUS OF CLASSICAL MECHANICS II
Discussion Leader: Scott Franklin (Rochester Institute of Technology)
7:30 pm - 8:30 pmJack Wisdom (MIT)
"Procedural formulation of the foundations of mechanics"
8:30 pm - 9:30 pmDonald Turcotte (University of California, Davis)
"Fractals and chaos in geology and geophysics"
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am Departure

 
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