Buffalo State College, July 9–11, 2018
(One or two set-ups available)
David Van Baak is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Calvin College. His academic career included teaching and developing in the advanced-lab at Calvin College from 1980 through 2014; and since 2005 it has included collaborations with TeachSpin. Since 2014 he has been full time at Teachspin.
The Fourier transform no longer belongs just to theorists! The fast-Fourier-transform algorithm, and real-time data acquisition and digitization, now make the Fourier content of real-life laboratory signals transparently visible in table-top laboratory investigations. His experience with such technologies has included a 1991 ILIP grant for Fourier Methods across the curriculum, and has progressed to involvement with a commercial release of a full Fourier-methods teaching package. If voltmeters and oscilloscopes represent fundamental data-acquisition tools, and if a lock-in amplifier stands for advanced capabilities, then a Fourier analyzer is a wonderful intermediate-level tool for visualization and measurement which physicists ought to acquire and pass along to their students. Quite apart from teaching signal-processing capabilities of remarkable sensitivity and resolution, this Immersion will reinforce the skills of the Fourier way of thinking, and will (ideally) addict each participant with the routine use of a Fourier analyzer in laboratory diagnostics.
Dr. David A. Van Baak, Teachspin, Inc., 2495 Main Street, Suite 409, Buffalo NY 14214-2153. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone: 716-885-4701.