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2021 Physics Olympics

Out of a concern for the health and safety of our teachers and their students, the Executive Board of LIPTA has decided to cancel the annual Physics Olympics for the 2020-2021 school year. Hopefully, it can resume next year when all participants can be safe. Thank you for your continued interest and support.

Teaching Physics during a Pandemic

This Zoom conference was held on Monday 8/17/20; we had 54 attendees.All current LIPTA members were emailed the links and documents generated during the conference.


Spring 2020 LIPTA conference pix are HERE

3-D printer files to make your own slow rollers are HERE

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CTLE credit


NYS teachers who wish to receive CTLE credit for any of the SUNYSB lectures must register HERE:

You must register for each lecture you attend. The Graduate School will send a CTLE certificate about six weeks after each lecture.



After completing the registration form you will receive an email with a link to the Open Night meeting and instructions on how to connect to the meeting online. Note that the SUNYSB response system is not automatic and it may take up to a few days for the email to arrive in your inbox. Your information provided in the registration form will not be shared outside of the administrators of the Open Night program.

Fri 10/25/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL GEOLOGY LECTURE AT SUNYSB:     Register HERE for the Geology Lecture. Marine Frouin  “An introduction to Luminescence Dating”  Measuring time in the geological record is fundamental to the study of the evolution of life, and the geomorphic processes occurring on the Earth’s surface. In human origins research, past advances in radiometric and relative dating techniques have fundamentally changed our capacity to piece together our evolutionary past over millions of years.

My research is focused on the development and application of luminescence dating techniques, an absolute chronometer that is almost universally applicable to any sediment that has been exposed to daylight during transport. It is a major chronometric tool for late Quaternary studies, with a wide age range from a few years up to about 0.5 Ma, with some indication that this limit can be further extended.  

Fri 11/6/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL ASTRONOMY LECTURE AT SUNYSB:  Register HERE for the Astronomy Lecture   Richard Anantua  "The Relativity of Space and Time in Popular Science"  Through a series of popular examples in literature and film, I present landmarks in our evolving understanding of space, time and matter/fields in the Universe: from classical electrodynamics to relativity-- a pillar of modern physics. Popular science works such as H. G. Wells' "The Time Machine" (1895) and "Interstellar" (2014) (directed by Christopher Nolan) will be used to motivate and reinforce quantitative concepts by means of often vivid and engaging illustrations, with a hint of social commentary. We will also appreciate primary sources such as Einstein’s "Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies" as well as seminal scientific developments such as the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae (2011 Nobel Prize in Physics) and the first image of the shadow of a black hole by the Event Horizon Telescope in April 2019.

Fri 11/13/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL PHYSICS LECTURE AT SUNYSB:  Register HERE for the Physics Lecture  Jan Bernauer and Ethan Cline: "Movie Physics"  The telling of stories with motion pictures, on the big or small screen, is perhaps the dominant art form of our time. In the talk, we will explore the physics of movies and in movies. We will discuss the physics behind motion pictures, and how the advances in many disciplines of science has impacted the capabilities of storytelling. We will discuss how movies depict physics, bend the rules of nature, or even break them for artistic gain or detriment. What is possible, what could be possible, and what is not?

Fri 11/20/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL BIOLOGY LECTURE AT SUNYSB:  Register HERE for the Biology Lecture Stephen Pyne  "Welcome to the Pyrocene. How a Fire Creature Has Remade a Fire Planet"  The Earth is a uniquely fire planet, humans a uniquely fire creature, and how they have interacted has been shaping our world throughout the Holocene. First through the control over ignition, and then by adding some control over living biomass, people have been reshaping biogeography and even climate. The process went on afterburners when humanity’s quest for more firepower led to the burning of fossil biomass. This pyric transition has passed over every environment humans inhabit. It upset fire regimes in living landscapes, leading to fire crises. Its impact on the atmosphere has globalized that effect, quickening a fire epoch. We are creating a fire age, the Pyrocene, the fire-informed equivalent to an ice age.

Fri 12/04/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL ASTRONOMY LECTURE AT SUNYSB:  Register HERE for the Astronomy Lecture   Anja Von Der Linden  TOPIC:TBD

Fri 12/11/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL PHYSICS LECTURE AT SUNYSB:  Register HERE for the Physics Lecture  Ken Dill  "Biophysical Insights into the Origins of Life"


Physics Demos by John Johnston


Distance Learning RealTime Physics IOLab Mechanics active learning lab curriculum available free


Home Adapted Interactive Lecture Demonstrations


LIPTA FALL 2018 CONFERENCE is now over, BUT you can still get the 'resistor boards'.  Sold in groups of 10 for $100, delivered to your school. Send a PO to the address in the box above.  OR, you can buy them yourself: Send a personal check to the address in the box above

3 /14/18

Stephen Hawking dies at age 76 - read some of his QUOTES; his appearances in Star Trek TNG, the Pink Floyd album 'The Division Bell', the Simpsons, the Metropolitan Opera piece, 'The Prologue', the Big Bang Theory and the movie 'The Theory of Everything' are HERE


Leon Lederman dies at age 96 (1988 Nobel Prize in physics)


Murray Gell-Mann dies at age 89 (1969 Nobel Prize in physics)


You can now renew your LIPTA membership for FOUR years! Go HERE to renew for 1, 2 or 4 years.


LIPTA is now on Facebook! Go HERE  


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