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Pomona College Workshop Provides Physics Lessons for High School Teachers

 Pomona College will host its Sixth Annual Physics Teachers Workshop on Saturday, March 29th, from 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m. This workshop—with sessions on "Downloading and Editing Internet Video for Use in a Physics Class" and "Calculus Based Derivation of Simple Harmonic Motion"—will provide Southern California high school physics teachers with information on advances in physics and hands-on experiments. The workshop is designed to meet the time and budgetary constraints of a typical high school.

Other sessions include a talk on the "Flight of the Wandering Albatross," in which the use of Web-based satellite tracking data explains how these birds in Antarctica can stay aloft long enough to fly around the world. Another lecture will address "Rapid Motion in the Plant Kingdom: Nature's Weapon's of Mass Reproduction"— presenting several methods of seed and spore dispersal from a variety of plant species, including the explosive launch of bunchberry pollen, the slingshot seed dispersal of impatiens, and the exploding spore capsules of Sphagnum moss.

The workshop will be held at Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). To view a full schedule of the program visit:;#126;scaapt/meetings.htm. For further information call (909) 621-8722.

The 2008 Pomona College workshop is co-sponsored with Cornell University and the Southern California section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.