Applied Physics Workshop

June 25-29, 2018
Purdue University Fort Wayne

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June 25-29, 2018

Welcome to our invited HS teachers!

Mark Lenfestey Homestead HS, Fort Wayne, IN
Denna Howard Evansville North HS, Evansville, IN
Hasan Fakhruddin Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, Muncie, IN
Weston Heeren Decatur Central HS, Indianapolis, IN
Deb Schoolcraft Martinsville HS, Martinsville, IN
Brett ApRoberts Arlington Memorial HS, Pawlet, VT
Brooke Borwell Benjamin Carson HS, Detroit, MI
Kurtz Miller Wayne HS, Huber Heights, OH
Jonathan Lockwood Penn HS, South Bend, IN
Jason Ulrey Central HS, Evansville, IN

 

Teams of high school physics teachers, high school physics students, and physics teaching majors work together to build apparatus in four themes:

Resonance

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

Model an AFM macroscopically by vibrating a wooden stick at resonance with a magnetic drive. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Model the magnetic splitting of degenerate energy levels and transitions using a small sphere with embedded magnet placed between large permanent magnets and a Helmholtz coil.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

Model the magnetic splitting of degenerate energy levels and transitions using a small sphere with embedded magnet placed between large permanent magnets and a Helmholtz coil.

Light as Wave

Spectrograph

Calibrate using a discharge lamp. Examine Fraunhofer lines, blackbody radiation, absorption spectra of food coloring, and emission spectra of laser excited Playdoh Interferometer.

Interferometer

Set it up as a Michelson interferometer or a gravitational wave detector. Measure thermal expansion of metal rods.

Light as Particle

LED-SPAD

Use an LED and a Cypress PSoC Microcontroller to build a single photon avalanche detector (SPAD). Recreate the double-slit experiment

Planck’s Constant detector

Determine Planck’s constant from voltage and the peak wavelength of multiple colored LED lights.

Acoustics

Acoustic Levitation

Use sound waves to lift matter. Several low cost Piezo buzzers and affordable drivers for the buzzers provide the sound waves.

Ultrasound

Apply the same apparatus to make ultrasound measurements such as range finding. Using multiple sources, one can explore beam shaping through interference.