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Stephen Vultaggio, 223rd American Astronomical Society Meeting

A Photometric Survey for Rapidly-Pulsating Hot Subdwarf Stars with SKYNET Poster at the 223rd American Astronomical Society Meeting in Washington, D.C. Hot subdwarf B stars (sdBs) are evolved stellar objects with high effective temperatures and large surface gravities. Theory shows that these stars were once red giants that were stripped of their outer H envelopes. […]

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Matthew Carnaghi, Spring 2014 NCS-AAPT Meeting

Computational Model of a Weak Spring in Uniform Circular Motion Contributed Oral Presentation at the Spring 2014 NCS-AAPT Meeting in Boone, North Carolina A computational model of a weak spring spinning in a circle has been written using Easy Java Simulations (EJS). The model calculates the spring extension in its quasi-static state. The model takes […]

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Stephen Vultaggio, 2014 High Point University Research and Creative Works Symposium

A Survey for Pulsating Hot Subdwarf Stars with SKYNET Contributed Oral Presentation at the 2014 High Point University Research and Creative Works Symposium Hot subdwarf stars are one of the least understood stages of stellar evolution. Some show pulsations that help reveal their structure and future evolution. We are currently monitoring several subdwarfs with robotic […]

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Ben May, Stephanie Pettit, 2014 High Point University Research and Creative Works Symposium

Emmy Noether: Contributions as a Mathematician and Physicist Poster at the 2014 High Point University Research and Creative Works Symposium Emmy Noether has made considerable contributions to mathematics and physics through her research and theorems. By analyzing her life and work, we provide an in-depth look at developing theorems and making mathematical discoveries as well […]

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Junjie Liao, Amiras Simeonides, 2014 High Point University Research and Creative Works Symposium

Framed: Physics in Non-Inertial Reference Frames Poster at the 2014 High Point University Research and Creative Works Symposium This project demonstrates the concept of fictitious forces, which are apparent forces observed from an accelerating reference frame. We captured video from non-inertial reference frames and analyzed it to determine mathematical models for each fictitious force. We […]

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Nikki Sanford and Mary Funke, BigSURS 2011

Video Analysis of a Hula Hoop Rotating About a Rotating Pivot Presented at the 2011 Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS) To model a hula hoop rotating around a person’s arm, a mechanical device was created with a spool attached to a bent steel rod that was rotated in uniform circular motion using a variable […]

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Colin McGuire and Catherine Hendricks, BigSURS 2011

Measuring Viscosity with a Driven Damped Harmonic Oscillator Presented at the 2011 Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS) A typical problem solved in a junior/senior level classical mechanics course is the driven, damped harmonic oscillator with a linear drag force. This experiment is surprisingly difficult to build because the linear drag is dependent on the […]

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Aaron Robinson, NCSAAPT S11

An EJS Simulation of a Mass Spectrometer Presented at the 2011 Spring Meeting of NCSAAPT This simplistic model of a cubic ion trap is designed to introduce scientists and students to ion cyclotron resonance phenomenon. By employing Easy Java Simulations (EJS), we were able to generate a 3-D model of a cubic ion trap used […]

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Daniel Short

High-Speed Video Analysis of a Cantilever A cantilever is a beam that is fixed at one end and free to oscillate on the other end. It is used in an atomic force microscope and a computer hard drive, for example. In this experiment, a cantilever was set up using a long, flat metal beam, and […]

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