2015 End of Year Picnic/Celebration

Our department and SPS begins and ends the school year with a picnic. In September, we welcome first-year students to the department. In April, we celebrate the year and say goodbye to our seniors. We often study projectile motion (football), angular momentum and torque (frisbee), Magnus effect (soccer ball launcher), and rotational and translational motion (ladder game). This year, Dr. Martin DeWitt and  Keisha Daughtry demonstrated their tennis ball launcher that they modified to launch soccer balls. Keisha used the launcher for her PHY 2001/2002 research project to launch soccer balls with significant backspin. She studied the Magnus effect on soccer balls with different various panel designs and textures.