Blog Physics Events and Activities

High-Speed Videos

A number of high-speed videos were recorded by Dr. Martin DeWitt and physics majors at High Point University during the 2016 demonstration show by physics majors to participants at the Piedmont Triad Science Fair for Non-Public Schools. Videos were recorded during the demonstration show and played back for the audience.         Balloon On […]

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SPS and HPU Physics Host Science Fair

For the eleventh year, SPS and the HPU Physics and Chemistry departments hosted the Piedmont Science Fair for Non-Public Schools. More than 100 parents and children attended the day-long event. K-12 students presented their projects, and HPU physics and chemistry majors set up hands-on experiments and performed an hour-long demonstration show. Dr. DeWitt and multiple physics […]

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Diode Laser Spectroscopy Apparatus Purchased

With a generous instrumentation grant for the sciences from President Qubein, the Department of Physics purchased a Diode Laser Spectroscopy apparatus from TeachSpin. The apparatus will be used for experiments in PHY 3210 Electricity and Magnetism and PHY 3310 Quantum Mechanics. It will also be shared with the Department of Chemistry for experiments in Physical Chemistry. The apparatus […]

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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). […]

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Dr. DeWitt and Physics Students Contribute to PYPTUG Near Space Balloon Flight

Dr. Martin DeWitt and two first year students in DeWitt’s PHY 2020 course, Graham Rich and Max Maurer, developed code to collect pressure and temperature data on a high-altitude balloon launched by a community of Python programmers in the Triad area (PYPTUG). The near-space balloon was a project organized by members of the Python Piedmont Triad […]

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High-Speed Edgertronic Video Camera Purchased

Our department uses video analysis extensively for experiments, for both instruction and undergraduate research. We purchased an edgertronic high-speed video camera with up to 18,000 frames per second (FPS) and 720P @ 700 FPS. We chose the monochrome camera because of its higher ISO which increases light sensitivity (but also increases noise). Here’s a nice primer on high-speed video. Here are our […]

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