Spring 2014 Meeting, Bishop Hartley High Schoool
Dr. Aaron Titus - http://physics.highpoint.edu/~atitus/
I like to define undergraduate research as asking interesting questions and finding answers to those questions. Video analysis is one of the most economical and flexible experimental techniques to enable students to do undergraduate research, starting with introductory physics. Particular features of Tracker--a free cross-platform, open-source video analysis application--allow students to easily change reference frames, compensate for panning and zooming of a camera, auto-track objects, and test a numerical model. Computational modeling, using tools such as Easy Java Simulations and VPython, allow introductory students to solve problems numerically so that they can compare predictions from theoretical models to experimental results. Student projects will be demonstrated, with an emphasis on the benefit of undergraduate research in the freshman and sophomore years. If you want to hook students on the excitement of independent discovery with a budget of $300 or less (for a camera), then video analysis and computational modeling are for you.
A list of sites that Dr. Titus has found to be very helpful:
Michael D. Sokoloff - University of Cincinnati - QuarkNet - http://quarknet.fnal.gov
Lenore Horner - The Seven Hills School, Cincinnati, OH