Mount Union Welcomes OSAAPT to Campus October 1

September 22, 2016

The University of Mount Union is excited to host the Ohio Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (OSAAPT) for its annual fall meeting. This meeting will feature workshops and talks led and attended by prominent physics educators from high schools and universities in Ohio. It will be held in Bracy Science Hall on the Mount Union campus with sessions held in the new introductory physics laboratories, which are designed to allow students to actively learn physics using computers and sensors for data collection and analysis.

The mission of OSAAPT is to share good teaching practice and ideas for the physics classroom on a high school or university level. OSAAPT supports the advancement of the teaching of physics, the furtherance of appreciation of the role of physics in our culture and the exchange of information and ideas among the members of the physics community of Ohio. They meet in the fall and spring each year, and this is the second time that Mount Union has hosted the meeting.

Mount Union’s Department of Physics and Astronomy features hands-on, activity-based experiences for students at all levels. This includes setting up and using advanced laboratory equipment, a dedicated electronics laboratory and a rooftop observatory for astronomy. Advanced courses for majors and minors provide rigorous mathematical and applied training in a small classroom environment designed for student success. Student research projects revolve around their interests and aspirations, which helps develop the individual for success at taking projects from an idea through to a final result.

Based on surveys with 78 percent of graduates self-reporting, 100 percent of physics majors from the classes of 2010-2014 were accepted into graduate school or started a degree-required career within six months of graduation. Graduates often go on to have careers in engineering, medicine, astrophysics, astronomy, applied physics and education. In addition to the physics program, Mount Union has strong programming in the natural sciences along with its accredited mechanical and civil engineering programs.

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