Oral Presentations

In the last week of the semester, we will not hold a regular seminar class. Instead, students will give a series of short presentations on a variety of modern physics topics. Each student will be allocated 3.5-4 minutes to speak.

I have a few rules, all of which are designed to make the process of giving your presentation easier. Visual aids will be discouraged (to keep the playing field level) and computer use will be prohibited (to avoid A/V problems). Bringing handwritten/typewritten speech notes on paper helps fight nervousness, and will be required for me to complete the grading. Please note that when speaking on your own topic, you should stick to your own topic and not stray into others' territory. If you need any advice on where to find good sources of information about your topic, or clarifications about the physics, please ask your friendly Professor. They will give copious hints and suggestions when asked. ☺️

List of topics

14:10-14:20Prof. P.Opening remarks
14:20-14:24AnaWhat are nuclear fission and fusion, and why are they sources of energy?
14:24-14:28PatWhere do cosmic rays come from, and what happens when they bang into the atmosphere?
14:28-14:32DevWhy was the Physics Nobel 2015 awarded for neutrino mass?
14:32-14:36IvyHow do ocean tides work?
14:36-14:40HanWhat is known about extrasolar planets?
14:40-14:44NicHow do Star Trek/Star Wars tractor beams violate known laws of physics?
14:44-14:48YonWhat causes the Doppler effect, and how does it differ for sound vs light?
14:48-14:52WenHow does a microwave oven work?
14:52-14:56KhoWhy is the Death Star in Star Wars science fantasy?
15:12-15:16NavWhat are the Van Allen belts and what is an aurora?
15:16-15:20BenWhy did the bending of light by the sun experiment in 1919 make Einstein rock-star famous?
15:20-15:24JimWhat is gravitational time dilation and how does GPS work?
15:24-15:28AnnWhat happens when two black holes collide?
15:28-15:32JulWhat is the fate of our Sun?
15:32-15:36RocWhat drives a supernova explosion?
15:36-15:40JoyWhy was the Physics Nobel 2006 awarded for cosmic microwave background radiation?
15:40-15:44JinWhy was the Physics Nobel 2011 awarded for supernovae and cosmic acceleration?
15:44-14:48Yur What is the multiverse?
15:48-16:00Prof. P.Wrap-up

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