2018 Fall Meeting

October 19-20, 2018, at University of Florida (map)

The Department of Physics hosts the FL-AAPT 2018 Fall Meeting, held in the New Physics Building in Gainesville, FL. Activities will include talks and workshops for K-12 and higher ed faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students. The meeting begins with a social meet up on October 19th beginning at 6:30pm, and concludes with a Demo Share-A-Thon on Saturday ending at 1:45pm.


Parking is conveniently available in either the parking garage or the large surface lot located directly across Gale Lemerand Drive from the physics building. No permit is needed to park in these locations, beginning at 3:30 on Friday and continuing throughout the weekend. Google Maps.


Register for the conference here, beginning August 24th. There are two options for registration:

  • Registration including annual dues and lunch $30
    (lunch includes a selection of sandwiches, side salads, selection of chips, Shawn’s B&B pickle spears, dessert)
  • Registration, including annual dues only $20
    (bring your own sack lunch, campus options are limited on weekends)

Pay online or at the conference.

Be a Presenter

Lead a workshop, share a classroom strategy, or talk about your research – we are offering a variety of presentation formats. University students, researchers, and K-12 and higher ed faculty, and others are encouraged to submit. Fill out this present form. Abstract submission will close October 15th.

IOLab Workshop

Bob DeSerio and Shawn Weatherford will be offering an IOLab workshop introducing participants to the IOLab cart. Participants will take data with the device and discuss how it could be used in the classroom. The workshop is open to everyone, however the first 15 participants who sign up and are K-12 or State College faculty will receive a free IOLab after completing the workshop to take back to their classrooms, thanks to funds provided by the AAPT Bauder Fund.

Meeting Schedule

Friday October 19th
Social Gathering
MiDiCi Italian Pizzeria 6:30-8:00pm
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave. Suite 100 (Celebration Pointe complex)
Please RSVP for headcount to sweatherford [at] ufl [dot] edu

Saturday October 20th
Registration, Coffee and Doughnuts (8:30-9:00am)
New Physics Building, room 2205

IOLab Workshop (9:00 – 10:30am)
New Physics Building, Undergraduate Labs, room 1229

Tour of Advanced Physics Lab 10:30-11:00am
New Physics Building, Undergraduate Labs, room 1240

Contributed Session 1 (11:15 – 12:00pm)
New Physics Building, Room 2205

  • EPA Mileage – Curb Weight Activity (11:15 – 11:30am)
    Brenda Skoczelas, Lake-Sumter State College 
    In this activity, students will have a chance to apply their textbook physics concepts to explain real world relationships. Students will research technical information on vehicle Fuel Economy ratings and Curb Weight for a variety of EPA Class Sizes. Each group will organize the data, draw conclusions, setup mathematical relationships, and present their findings in a professional meeting format.
  • Quantity Versus Interval (11:30 – 11:45am)
    Jim Nelson, Santa Fe College
    Often students confuse the value of a quantity with the change of the quantity. Distinguishing between these two ideas is a key or “hinge” concept, because it occurs commonly in understanding many physical quantities.

LUNCH (12:00-12:30)
New Physics Building, Room 2205

Business Meeting and Door Prizes (12:30 – 1:15pm)
New Physics Building, Room 2205

Demo Share-A-Thon (1:15-1:45)
New Physics Building, Room 2205

  • Bring your favorite physics demo to share!


Coffee and morning snacks are provided. We’ll break for lunch, which may be included with your registration if you choose, or you may bring a sack lunch.

Questions or comments?

Send us an email at AAPTFlorida@gmail.com.