American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Plenary

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 5:00pm

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Solar Astronomy, by Stephen Ramsden, Atlanta, GA

Stephen W. Ramsden is the founder and Director of the world’s largest Solar Astronomy and Spectroscopy hands-on STEM program, The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project. This global nonprofit is named in memoriam to a fellow veteran. Mr. Ramsden’s talk will discuss the critical need for Physics and Math instruction and introduction to elementary and middle school students around the globe and his own experience in putting together this massive program with no help from Universities or Government entities. It is an exploration of a completely grassroots organization dedicated to ending radicalization and extremism by early intervention with science.

The Physics of Music, by Michael Ruiz, University of North Carolina, Ashville

This event will take place at Georgia Institute of Technology. Transportation provided from the Marriott. We will first use a musical ear-training exercise in conjunction with Lissajous figures to establish the simplest ratios for the frequencies of the major scale. We will call this scale the musician’s scale. Then we will proceed to use strings and pipes to arrive at the harmonic series, which we will call the physicist’s scale. We will show how the I, V, and IV harmonies pervasive in Western music emerge naturally from our analyses. We will give examples in classical music and jazz, including live piano performance. 

5–5:30 p.m. and 5:30–6:30 p.m. 

* This event is free and open to the public.

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