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Virtual Physics Teacher Conference is CANCELLED!

Spring 2021 LIPTA Newsletter - The newsletter link was emailed to all current LIPTA members on 3-2-2021.  If you didn't get it, email <membership@lipta.org> and we will email you back with your current LIPTA status.

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

 Physics Teacher Events & News



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.



Lectures at SUNYSB are listed below. 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 4/23


SUNYSB VIRTUAL GEOLOGY LECTURE Brian Phillips  "Useful impurities in minerals and how to find them with a big magnet and a radio" Carbonate minerals such as calcite are ubiquitous in nature, being the main component of limestone and similar rocks that are exposed over about 20% of Earth’s land surface.Precipitation of carbonate minerals locks up CO2while creating a record of environmental conditions.As crystals grow they take up impurities which can hold clues to the conditions at the time and place the mineral formed.I will describe the types of impurities and processes that govern their uptake in a mineral, along with our efforts to understand them  using  nuclear  magnetic  resonance  (NMR)  spectroscopy.This  technique  is  similar  to  MRI  but measures the pitch of atomic nuclei as they hum in a strong magnetic field, which can reveal the impurity’s signature and location. REGISTER

Fri 4/30


SUNYSB VIRTUAL PHYSICS LECTURE  Benjamin G. Levine  “Better Living Through Quantum Mechanics and Computers (…and Chemistry)”  Chemistry has enabled many important technological developments. Environmentally friendly energy conversion devices, life-saving medicines, robust and inexpensive plastics, and a nearly endless list of other technologies are made possible by the knowledge of chemistry. Chemistry is fascinating, too! Today, computers have become powerful tools for understanding and predicting chemical behavior. Through the solution of the Schrodinger equation, the fundamental equation of quantum mechanics, computers can provide a detailed picture of chemical behavior that is literally impossible to gain through laboratory experiments. However, computational chemists constantly run up against the “curse of dimensionality,” the fact that predicting the behavior of a chemical system becomes exponentially more difficult as its size increases. This forces computational chemists to make approximations, which succeed in some instances and fail in others. Successes yield useful physical insights, while failures provide valuable feedback on how to improve our approximations. In this talk, I will discuss the origin of the curse of dimensionality; why is it impossible to exactly predict the behavior of even relatively small molecules? Then, through a series of examples from recent research in biochemistry, solar energy conversion, and other fields, I will discuss the current state of the art; what kinds of problems can computational chemists reliably solve today, and what can we reasonably hope to be able to do in the future?  REGISTER


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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