The SMU QuarkNet Page

2003 Workshop 2002: 

June  9-13, 2003


Room 25, Fondren Science Bldg

SMU QuarkNet High School Science Teachers Workshop

SMU group 2002

Lectures from the Workshop 2002: Held 11-14 June 2002

The Latest and Greatest: an update of the field (PDF 10M or ps.gz 9M )  from Pavel Nadolsky
Experimental High Energy Physics (PDF 1.1M )  from Yongsheng Gao

Expanding Universe Lab  (PowerPoint 103K) from Richard Lines
Man's Place in the Universe: Klein Bottles  (PowerPoint 91K) from Dirk Horst

Presentations  from Warren Puckett
Jewels of Modern Physics  (PowerPoint 31M)
Quantum Mechanics (PowerPoint 15M)
Pre-AP Quantum Mechanics (PowerPoint 19M)
Atomic  Spectra Lab (PowerPoint 6.8M)

Cool links: 2002

North American Large area Time coincidence Arrays (NALTA)

Fermi News, 1 Feb. 2001: High Schools Join the Search for Most Energetic Particles in the Universe

Klein Bottles: Get your higher-dimensional objects here. Credit cards accepted only in 3-dimensions.

SMU Center for Teacher Education: Professional Development Opportunities

Mark your calendar:

29 Sept. 2002:  Sunday: James Randi Public Lecture:

The 2002-2003 Collegium da Vinci series also includes a free public lecture on Sept. 29, 2002. This lecture will feature James Randi, author of the 1995 book, An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural. Randi will present an entertaining overview demonstrating how science has pursued magic and miracles in the 20th century and into the 21st century in a lecture titled “The Search for the Chimera.”

Search for the Chimera
An Overview of How Science Has Pursued Magic and Miracles in the 20th Century and Into the 21st Century

James Randi exposes popularly-accepted fakery by discussing with his audience everything from UFOs to the Bermuda Triangle, from the Von Däniken "Chariots of the Gods" fraud to the notion of a lost continent named Atlantis. Randi reveals what really took place in the last three decades in the labs of various prestigious "think tanks" that verified a series of simple magicians tricks as genuine miracles, thus launching a world-wide plague of misinformation, the repercussions of which can still be felt today.

This unique and provocative lecture is not only educational but also highly entertaining. It attracts persons of all educational and social backgrounds and provides a rational perspective on the seemingly paranormal and otherwise unexplained happenings in our day-to-day life.

Mr. Randi illustrates how a "politically-correct" attitude has blinded scientists — who should know better — to the fact that they are not proficient at detecting fraud, often managing to fool themselves, when the prize is sufficiently attractive. And he puts up a million-dollar award as bait!

10 (Tentative date) Oct. 2002:  Thursday: Professor Michael Turner: Public Lecture

Ph.D., Stanford, 1978.
Bruce V. & Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor, Depts. of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College, and Chairman, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics.
Theoretical astrophysics, cosmology and elementary particle physics, cosmology.

Current specific areas of research include: big-bang nucleosynthesis in era of precision cosmology; theoretical aspects of inflationary cosmology; testing the inflationary paradigm; determining the nature of the dark energy that is causing the Universe to accelerate; dark matter and dark-matter detection; dark matter and the formation of structure in the Universe; the origin of the cosmic asymmetry between matter and antimatter; understanding how to use precision measurements of the fine-scale anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background and large-scale structure to probe inflation and fundamental physics; and aspects of axion, neutrino and string cosmology.

NSF/DOE Review (Dec. 2001):

Fred Olness' presentation:  PDF  Format  (1.8 MB)   or PPT Source  (gzip format 2.0 MB)

Darren Carollo' presentation:  PDF  Format  (xxx MB)   or PPT Source  (gzip format XXX MB)    (under constrution)

Lectures from the Workshop 2001: Held 4-15 June 2001

Tom Coan's Lectures on Particle Detectors (web page)

Ken Taylor's Lectures on Accelerating Particles: PDF  Format  (4.9 MB)   or PPT Source  (zip format 4.5 MB)

Andrew White's Lectures on Fermilab Run II  (under constrution)

Will Burgett's Lectures on Cosmic Rays  (under constrution)

Larry Grise's Information about Rutherford Scattering Lab (text file)

Ryszard Stroynowski's Lectures on the Goals of Particle Physics: PDF  Format  (434KB)   or PPT Source  (764KB)

Tamara Trout's Lectures on General Relativity: : PDF  Format  (2.6 MB)   or PPT Source  (gzip format 89 KB)

Chaos Circuit: How To Build Using OpAmps: : PDF  Format  (402KB)   or ps.gz  (487KB)

Sandra Lyman's report on Particle Detectors in Physics: Word.doc format (71 KB)

Richard Lines' report on the Cosmic Ray Telescope: PDF  Format  (277 KB)   or PPT Source  (251KB)

Randy Scalise's note on the cantilevered blocks demonstration: Text file (3K)

Workshop Information Page 2001

List and Pics of Participants: 2001

What people are saying about QuarkNet: 2001

Evaluations from the QuarkNet Participants: 2001

FTP File Area for misc documents and pictures: 2001

SMU Press Release about the Workshop: 2001

SMU Press Release about Nobel laureate Leon Lederman visit to SMU: 2001


Old materials from 2001 Workshop:
Application and Poster in PDF format
Application in Word Format
Information letter in PDF format

SMU Faculty Participants:

R. Stroynowski [Fredrick I. Olness] coan.gif
Professor Ryszard Stroynowski Professor Fred Olness Professor Tom Coan
Randall J. Scalise Jingbo Ye
Pavel Nadolsky
Professor Randall J. Scalise Dr. Jingbo Ye Dr. Pavel Nadolsky

Lead Teachers:

Darren Carollo Lincoln High School
Larry Grise Metropolitan Christian School
Ken Taylor Lake Highlands High School 
Tamara Trout SMU

Interesting Links:

QuarkNet Home Page

Fermilab Web-based Instructional Materials

Online educational resources for Physics teachers
A collection of Java applets from Italy

NTNU Virtual Physics Laboratory (Java Applets)
(seems not to work in Netscape, only Internet Explorer)

SMU Physics Home Page

Particle Data Group, LBL

The Particle Adventure

Contemporary Physics Education Project

Particle Physics Education and Information sites

LHC ATLAS Education Page

CERN Microcosom: Discover the World of Particles

Interesting Reports:

National Academy of Sciences Press webpage

Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards, National Research  Council,
National Academy of Sciences: Board On Physics And Astronomy Reports:
Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos: Eleven Science Questions for the New Century

Physics in a New Era: An Overview (2001)

Interesting Books:

Interesting CD ROM's:


Interesting Videos:

From the Geometry Center:

The Geometry Center is a mathematics research and education center at the University of Minnesota. The Center has a unified mathematics computing environment supporting math and computer science research, mathematical visualization, software development, application development, video animation production, and K-16 math education.

From  Fermilab

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory advances the understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and energy by providing leadership and resources for qualified researchers to conduct basic research at the frontiers of high energy physics and related disciplines.

Interesting ...:

Interesting Teacher Resources:

Interesting  Resources suggested by Richard Lines:

    features great articles on current physics research and discoveries including some great links to other sites

    Welcome to tiptop - the best place to explore physics on the web. tiptop is a vast collection of online resources provided by the physics community  for the physics community. Enjoy your visit.

    Not only includes links to great java applet simulations of neat  phenomenon, but also links to University virtual labs with multiple  simulations.  The only problem is LOTS of sites with no particular  organization.

    Mostly java applet simulations for math, and physics, but includes too  much other great useful links and information to even try to list it all here.
    Over 200 links to math, and physics (and a few to other sicence areas as  well) animations and java applet simulations.
    Nifty short webpage specifically dedicated to nuclear physics.

    Interesting site describing the Chernobyl accident and research on the  environment in the aftermath.

    Bill Nye the Science Guy, need I say more?

Interesting  Resources suggested by Sandra Lyman:

Sandra Lyman's report on Particle Detectors in Physics:  Word.doc format

    Main site for NTEN (National Teacher's Enhancement Network):

    Site for the CERES (We downloaded SCION imaging software and worked extensively with it...all freely obtainable by students and teachers)
    My homepage link:
    For my final project in the Planetary Cosmology course I put together a Planetary Measurement Unit Based on Imaging software and other activities. Please feel free to provide this link to teachers. I put many hours in on this planning.
My sister (my "older twin"...though I am the one that has done the aging. Einstein's Theories do not apply to two Aggies in the same family! Assistant Professor Susan Lyman; Ph.D., Texas A & M University) has just recently told me about the http://www.blackboard.com web site available. I had no idea this existed and I am currently re-doing my homepage this summer. I did it originally from HTML...before I knew there were "editors"...or I should say I was to  cheap to buy one and wanted to learn HTML.

E-Mail: olness@mail.physics.smu.edu