Physics Club Activities

Student Physics Society - Seven Roles
Chapter Advisor:  Dr. Cecilia Vogel
Background image -
Galaxy on Edge

Upcoming Events and Ongoing Projects
  • The next meeting will be on Thursday, Sep. 28 at 11:30 am in Science 120.  A group picture will be taken.
  • Open House - "Franklin is Electric" - 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Sunday, Oct. 1, First floor, Science building.
2006-2007 Officers

SPS National


Club Photo taken September 29, 2005

Highlights from 2005-2006
  • Field trip on Sep. 27-28, 2005 to "Legacy of Einstein", Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.  Speakers included Wolfgang Ketterle, Thomas Levenson, Kip Thorne, Sylvester James Gates, Wendy Freeman and George F. R. Ellis.
  • Special guest John Rigden gave a talk titled "The Questions Einstein Faced in 1905 and His Responses" on Oct. 6, 2005.  He also gave an excellent public lecture at the Bettendorf Public Library that evening.  Dan Barrett and Tom Foss did some physics demos from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the library just preceding the talk.  Here is a complete list of activities for their "Einstein's Big Idea" events in September and October.
  • Construction of the cardboard boat Heisenberg II for homecoming.  The crew was Alaina Orwitz and Rachel Adams.
  • At three regular club meetings in October and November, we watched the NOVA special "Einstein's Big Idea".
  • Halloween Open House at the observatory, Oct. 28, 2005.  The main attraction was Mars.  There were about 200 visitors.
  • Physics Open House celebrating the World Year of Physics 2005 - Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Christmas party featuring liquid nitrogen ice cream.
  • There was a panel discussion on the "Mission to Mars" on Jan. 30, 2006.
  • Attended "Magnificent Desolation, Walking on the Moon 3D" at the IMAX in Davenport on Feb. 12, 2006.
  • Two hour field trip on Feb. 16, 2006 to visit the QC Elite Robotics team robot build site in Milan.  This year the robot is designed to shoot hoops and defend against another robot that is also shooting hoops at the same goal.
  • Picnic at the Sieglaffs - Sunday, Apr. 9, 2006 at 4:00 pm.
  • Science night at Hamilton school on Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2006.
  • Zone 9 meeting of SPS hosted by Augustana - Apr. 21-22, 2006.  Keynote speaker - Dr. Jim Kakalios, U. of Minnesota, "Physics of Superheros"
  • Pyrotechnics training and fireworks show - Mike Farrier's farm, Walcott, Iowa - Sunday, Apr. 23, 2006
  • Astronomy Day Open House - activities in the Planetarium and Observatory - Saturday, May 6, 2006
  • Physics Open House celebrating the 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, Sunday, May 7, 2006
  • Bake sale in the Science building - May 10-12
  • Field trip to Iowa State University - Friday, May 19, 2006

Field trip to Iowa State University - flow visualization, virtual reality, race cars - Friday, May 19, 2006


Kinsey and the visitors

Last year's race car

Dr. Heindel explains flow

Cool 3D

Physics Open House celebrating the 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, Sunday, May 7, 2006


Plasma ball


LN marshmallows


Glass harmonica


Infrared viewer

Sigma Pi Sigma Honors Banquet - April 30, 2006

The guest speaker was Dr. Talat Rahman,
"Should we tell our daughters to become scientists?".
Stacey Gilson, Laura Luloff, Christopher Kinne, Ryan Kruidenier and James Shearouse.

Pyrotechnics training and fireworks show - Mike Farrier's farm, Walcott, Iowa - Sunday, Apr. 23, 2006


What a show!


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Zone 9 meeting of SPS hosted by Augustana - Apr. 21-22, 2006.


James Kakalios
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Panel discussion on "Preparing for and Applying to Graduate School"

Christmas party, Dec. 15, 2005 -- Dr. Carkner making liquid nitrogen ice cream flavored with muticolored M & Ms.


Enjoying pizza


Grant


Mixing in the LN


That's cool!

Physics Open House celebrating the World Year of Physics 2005 - Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005.


Jenna showing waves


Watch the cool flash!


Diffraction


Flying rings

Cardboard boat built for the regatta at homecoming, Oct. 15, 2005.  They finished in second place.  Everyone had a great time!


Construction in SC 107


Tom, Alaina and Rachel


First race


Second race

Nobel Conference on "Legacy of Einstein" at Gustavus, Sep. 27-28, 2005.  Attended by Cecilia Vogel, Alaina Orwitz, Rachel Adams, Christopher Kinne, Ossian Mogensen, Gabe Caceres, Tom Foss, Dan Barrett and David Renneke.


Lund Center


Questions and Answers


See list above


Relativity wine

Highlights from 2004-2005
  • Panel discussion on "The Origins of the Universe",  Nov. 10, 2004
  • Outreach to elementary schools - Dec. 9, Jan. 27, Feb. 10.
  • Christmas party featuring liquid nitrogen ice cream
  • Special Open House to celebrate the World Year of Physics 2005 - Sunday, Mar. 13, 2005
  • Panel discussion on "The End of the Universe", Apr. 25, 2005
  • Lunch at Dr. Sieglaff's home in Moline, Apr. 30, 2005
  • Attended the new movie, "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", Apr. 30, 2005
  • Astronomy Day Open House featuring Jupiter and Saturn, 8:30-10:00 pm, Apr. 30, 2005
  • All seniors and their families were invited to a reception on Commencement Day, Sunday, May 22, 2004 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in Science 120.  Dessert was served and a group picture of the seniors was taken at 1:30 pm.

Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Banquet - April 18, 2005

The guest speaker was Dr. Scott Dodelson,
"Dark Energy in the Universe".

First row:  Sarah Goodpaster and Colleen McGehee.
Second row:  Travis Tate and Peter Petrek.

Outreach program - January 27 and February 10, 2005.  Presenters: Tom Foss, Dan Barrett and Marc Landeweer


Resonance


Charged hair


Diffraction grating


Flying packing peanuts

Some Physics Links
   National Supercomputing Centers
   Argonne National Laboratory
   Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Physics Outreach Programs at Other Schools
 
 Physics Van - University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

SPS Chapters, Zones and Programs
   National SPS
   SPS zone 9 - Augustana belongs to this zone

Augustana SPS Archive
   Some history of our chapter - starting in 1996
   Sep. 17, 2001
   May 12, 2002
   Mar. 17, 2003
   Sep. 9, 2003 - club photo for 2002-2003
   Sep. 13, 2004 - club photo for 2003-2004
   Sep. 7, 2005 - club photo for 2004-2005

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David R. Renneke - phrenneke@augustana.edu
Last modified: Sep. 18, 2006