About APT Tunes

‘APT Tunes’ is the official bulletin of the Academy of Physics Teachers. It is temporally registered with the News Papers and Periodicals Society of India with Reg. No. M2- 28873 / 2000. APT Tunes is published quarterly and circulated among its members free of cost. It announces the policies of the Academy, keeps the members updated in physics, helps them out with advanced topics in physics, suggests good books for their reference and above all inspires the readers to learn and convey physics as they should do in this century. The journal contains information regarding the various forthcoming academic programmes of the Academy, reports of such completed programmes, recent developments in physics and news from the campus. Apart from these, it contains good and selected articles in physics under different banners like ‘Popular Science’, ‘Views’, ‘Focus’, ‘Recent Developments’, Great Discoveries’ ‘Biographical Sketches’ , ‘Study Materials’, ‘Book Review’, ‘Conceptions and Misconceptions’ and ‘ Experiments and Projects’. It proclaims the awards and honors received by its members, gives them challenging problems in physics for solving and encourages the readers with timely and thoughtful ‘Editorials’. It also publishes all kinds of responses from the readers under the banner ‘Letter to the Editor’.

The Chief Editor of the bulletin is the President of the Academy, Managing Editor, the Secretary of the Academy and Executive Editor, the person elected by the General Body from time to time. Prof. P. T. Kurian, Head of the Department of Physics, K. E. College Mannanam served as the Executive Editor for a period of four years from 1999 to 2003. An Editorial Board is constituted by the Executive Committee of the Academy to help the Executive Editor for bringing out the issues of the bulletin in time.

The following is list of some of the important articles published in some of the early issues of APT Tunes.

 

EDITORIAL

1. The Gold Rush March 2000
2. Physics Culture June 2000
3. Ethics in Information Age September 2000
4. Curriculum Design December 2000
5. Under- Currents March 2001
6. Broadening Horizons June 2001
7. The Teaching- Learning Process September 2001
8. The Sense of Duty December 2001
9. The Determination to Know June 2002
10. Physics and their Science September 2003

VIEWS  
1. Science and the Humanities-I.I.Rabi
March 2000
2. Education Policy and the Teaching Community-B. M. Udgaonkar
March 2000
3. University Physics in the 21st Century-H.S.Hans
June 2000
4. Could Physics Be Re-admitted into the Curriculum
September 2000
5. ‘Dead and Alive’ Tragicomedy of the Schrodinger Cat-T.M. Jayaraman
December 2000
6. Information Boom – Environmental Concerns
March 2001
7. Examination Reforms-M.A.Ittyachen
September 2001
8. PQ- Professional Quotient-Albert Selvanayagam
December 2001
9. The Art of Teaching in the Semester PG programme-G.Ambika
June 2002
10. Who says Physicists are Bad Entrepreneurs?-Michel Kenward
September 2003

 

  STUDY MATERIALS    
1.
Coherence
V.M. Nandakumaran
November 1999
March 2000
June 2000
2.
The Art of Communication
S. Sankara Raman
September 2000
December 2000
3.
Holography
C. Sudha Kartha
June 2001
4.
Phase Matching Condition in SHG for an Illustration of
Longitudinal Position Momentum Uncertainty Relation
T.M.A. Rasheed
June 2002
5.
Equation of Stellar Structure
K.P.Satheesh
September 2003

 

FOCUS    
1. The 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics K. Babu Joseph November 1999
2. Space Weather Prediction S.R. Prabhakaran Nayar June 2001
September 2001
3. How Constants are the Fundamental Constants? C.P. Girijavallabhan December 2001
4. Experimental Realization of Bose
Einstein Condensation
Jacob Philip June 2002

 

POPULAR SCIENCE    
1. Taming the Infinities Shaji N. November 1999
2. ‘Time’- the Irresistible and Irreversible P. T. Kurian March 2000
3. Step by Step into Chaos Rose P. Ignatius June 2000
4. Dream Merchants V. P. N. Nampoori December 2000
March 2001
5. Fractals G.Ambika December 2000
June 2001
September 2001
5. One Hundred Years of Quantum Mechanics Moncy V. John March 2001
6. Spectacular Sky Show fro Temple Tuttle George Varghese December 2001
7. Optics in this Century ICO June 2002
8. Quantum Zeno Effect V.P.N.Nampoori September 2003
9. The Sweet, Cool Physics of Ice Cream Jacob Philip September 2003

 

  EXPERIMENTS AND PROJECTS    
1. Crystal Growth in Gel Cyriac Joseph November 1999
2. Liesegang Ring Systems in Gel Columns George Varghese March 2000
3. Variation of Power and Temperature at the
Focus of a Solar Concentrator
George Peter March 2000
4. Dislocations in Crystals Cyriac Joseph June 2000
5. Study of Optical Absorption in Different Materials T.G.Gopinathan June 2000
6. TSC Technique – For Semiconductor Analysis C.Sudha Kartha September 2000
7. FM Demodulation Using PLL L.Godfrey December 2000
8. Fourier Components of a Square Wave
an Experimental Realisation
M.K.Sivarama Pillai March 2001
10. Laser Acoustic Techniques Elastic
Properties of Liquids
M.K.Sivarama Pillai June 2001
11. Radiation Pattern of Microwave Antennas Sebastian Mathew December 2001
12. Measurement of frequency And VSWR Sebastian Mathew June 2002
13 Pursuit Problems on a PC Suresh V. Vettoor September 2003
14. Generation of BH Curve on a CRO P.T.Kurian September 2003

 

  GREAT DISCOVERIES    
1. Schrodinger’s Cat Paradox New Experimental
results on Quantum Super position
C.P.Girijavallabhan September 2000
2. Nobel Prize in Physics 2000 V.K.Vaidyan December 2000
3. 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics for Bose Condensates V.K.Vaidyan December 2001