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Nikki Sanford, 2014 AAPT Winter Meeting

SPS Mather Internship: US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Invited Oral Presentation at the 2014 AAPT Winter Meeting in Orlando, Florida As a Society of Physics Student Mather Intern, I worked in the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Science Space and Technology. Nobel Laureate Physicist, Dr. John Mather, created this […]

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Jacob Brooks, National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2014

Using VPython Modeling to Design the Magnetics for an Artificial Cilia Platform Poster at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Lexington, Kentucky Cilia are a biological structure found in a variety of locations in the human body, including the brain, lungs, and kidneys. These cilia oscillate in a metachronal pattern, which causes a traveling […]

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Kevin Sanders, 2014 AAPT Winter Meeting

Incorporating Data Visualization into ZENODO Contributed Oral Presentation at the 2014 AAPT Winter Meeting in Orlando, Florida ZENODO is a research hosting website made for all disciplines. It is built on the idea of all research shared, no matter the subject, no matter the status of the researcher. ZENODO was developed alongside and on top […]

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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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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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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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