Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 13:47:23 -0500

Author: "Karl I. Trappe"

Subject: Re: Hello and suggestions for a chaotic lab


Chele: Technically, we *do not sponsor* anything because we are not
a *committee* of AAPT, but we are an "Affiliate Society". The
Lecture Demo Workshop has always been sponsored by the Apparatus
Committee of AAPT (even before PIRA existed).

Nonetheless, PIRA members are invariably among the presenters
(frequently the presenters are *all* PIRA members, so the gist of
your reply remains correct.

I thought I'd clarify that one before the wrong toes were stepped upon...Karl

And Stephen: Your counterparts at Harvard told us that Yale quit
teaching You'll find that we *all* help each other
on this group (even UTexas and Texas A&M)

>Welcome Stephen (or is it Steve?). As secretary and webmaster for PIRA, its
>my sworn duty to bug you about becoming a PIRA, or Physics
>Instructional Resource Association, is a group of people, such as those on
>this list, who work with labs and demos. Its open to all levels of
>education, but is primarily made up of university level people. We sponsor
>the 2-day demo workshop at the AAPT meeting and also have started lab
>Anyway, feel free to check us out and email me if you have any questions!
>Again, welcome to the list!
>Stephen Irons wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I was alerted to this forum by Dick Berg whom I visited earlier this
>> semester. I am the quite new (as of last July) Director of Yale's
>> Physics Instructional Laboratories. I took over from Don Shirer, (who I
>> am sure some of you know) who retired last year. I am planning on being
>> at Boise this summer, so I hope to meet some/all of you there.
>> I am interested in developing a lab unit on chaotic motion for our
>> advanced introductory lab section (taken by 1st or second year physics
>> or engineering majors). I have looked over the recent AJP article (AJP
>> 69, (9) p. 1016 2001) and it looks like a good model to work from. But I
>> thought I might ask you all whether any of have anything different that
>> works. We have a good stock of Vernier's LabPro interfaces, so I would
>> probably try and use that data collection system, but after that, I'm
>> open to ideas.
>> Thanks again for your input. I've enjoyed the repartee and have already
>> gotten some good ideas from your discussions.
>> Best regards,
>> **********************************
>> Stephen Irons Yale
>> University
>> Director, Instructional Laboratories Department of Physics
>> tel: 203-432-3664 P.O. Box
>> 208120
>> fax: 203-432-6175 New Haven,
>> CT 06520-8120
>> email:
>> Yale University
>> Department of Physics
>> 217 Prospect Street
>> New Haven, CT 06520
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