We had a few hiccups in starting YPP this year and had a our first meeting a bit later than usual on October 26th this year. Nevertheless, the fun and the learning and the physics continued on! We learned about conservation of momentum and conservation of energy and tested our understanding (and trust) of these principles by flinging bowling balls at our faces (see images above). There were no broken noses- phew! Conservation of energy and momentum still hold true.
Graduate students Chris Knowlton and David Stone talked about cats tracking mice with their computers (their brains, that is), and about the Five story Swiss watch that are the ATLAS and CMS particle detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN science center in Geneva (a link to the trailer about this movie, "Particle Fever", is here).
The next YPP meeting is this Saturday, November 16th, 2013. Here we will apply what we learned about last week by dropping eggs into clever designed devices that should prevent the eggs from destruction upon impact. The physics principle that will help us save our eggs is the impulse-momentum theorem (a more technical discussion from Wikipedia here), which we will learn about. This important concept in physics is what helps us design safe cars to protect us in road accidents!
Come join us as we put all of our eggs in one "basket" (that is carefully designed to account for the principles of the impulse-momentum theorem)! Participants should be at the YPP meeting location by 9:45 AM. Directions to the meeting can be found on the About page of this site.