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. ☺️
|14:10-14:20||Prof. P.||Opening remarks|
|14:20-14:24||Ana||What are nuclear fission and fusion, and why are they sources of energy?|
|14:24-14:28||Pat||Where do cosmic rays come from, and what happens when they bang into the atmosphere?|
|14:28-14:32||Dev||Why was the Physics Nobel 2015 awarded for neutrino mass?|
|14:32-14:36||Ivy||How do ocean tides work?|
|14:36-14:40||Han||What is known about extrasolar planets?|
|14:40-14:44||Nic||How do Star Trek/Star Wars |
tractor beamsviolate known laws of physics?
|14:44-14:48||Yon||What causes the Doppler effect, and how does it differ for sound vs light?|
|14:48-14:52||Wen||How does a microwave oven work?|
|14:52-14:56||Kho||Why is the |
Death Starin Star Wars science fantasy?
|15:12-15:16||Nav||What are the Van Allen belts and what is an aurora?|
|15:16-15:20||Ben||Why did the bending of light by the sun experiment in 1919 make Einstein rock-star famous?|
|15:20-15:24||Jim||What is gravitational time dilation and how does GPS work?|
|15:24-15:28||Ann||What happens when two black holes collide?|
|15:28-15:32||Jul||What is the fate of our Sun?|
|15:32-15:36||Roc||What drives a supernova explosion?|
|15:36-15:40||Joy||Why was the Physics Nobel 2006 awarded for cosmic microwave background radiation?|
|15:40-15:44||Jin||Why was the Physics Nobel 2011 awarded for supernovae and cosmic acceleration?|
|15:44-14:48||Yur||What is the multiverse?|
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