Physics Enrichment Program for HighSchool Students
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The PEP program is currently on hiatus. If you are a student interested in this program,
or a teacher interested in offering such an enrichment opportunity to your students, please
contact us. If a sufficient interest is expressed by
about May of this year, we will consider offering the program again in the Winter Term
(FebruaryApril) of the next academic year.
Course outline (changing almost daily)
 Week 1. Preliminaries. Basic safety training.
 Feb.1  16:0019:00 Science Safety course, MC B209
 Feb.3  no PEP
 Week 2. Math skills review. Where does Math end and Physics begin?
 Week 3. Physicist's tools of the trade
 Week 4. Math vs. Physics vs. Data Analysis in problem solving
 Week 5. Math vs. Physics vs. Data Analysis in problem solving
 Feb.27  the Cavendish experiment: c1.dat is ES run, ce.pcm is used to analyze it; c34.dat is a merge of c3 and c4, but there are problems; the movies (10fps) are to be analysed
 Feb.28  stone down a well; solving $$x^2+bx+c=0$$
 Feb.29  programming a calculator; physica macro comparison
 Mar.01  Cavendish film digitization (group work, data)
 Mar.02  physics vs. magic. Friction on an inclined plane. Disk/ring, $$I\propto MR^2$$. Planning the final show.
 Week 6.
 Mar.05  moment of inertia demo; collisions in 2D; Verdet glass. Vectors review: definitions, components, dot product, geometrical interpretation, generating algebraic equations.
 Mar.06  PhysicsBowl 2003 problems
 Mar.07  finish up Cavendish analysis; prepare for a report. Vectors, cont'd.
 Mar.08  midterm evals; planning a magic show.
 Mar.09  no PEP
 Week 7. Spring Break
 Week 8. Momentum
 Mar.19  inclass notetaking, momentum
 Mar.20  Physics Bowl 2004; how to write a lab report
 Mar.21  cannonballs inside a rail car, centerofmass
 Mar.22  conservation of momentum; frog problem, in the board reference frame
 Mar.23  gas tube demo: sound is a pressure wave; 1 octave = 12 equal steps in frequency
 Week 9. Physics of music
 Mar.26  frog problem, in the Earth reference frame; travelling and standing waves; "name that note"
 Mar.27  scales, ratios, compromises:
musical temperaments,
mathematical cochlea
 Mar.28  Pythagorean, just, well, and equal temperaments
(a Physica macro;
ref: Music: A mathematical offering, an online textbook); seeing electrons in a Bainbridge tube
 Mar.29  making musical instruments: a PVC trombone and flute
 Mar.30  minstrel songs on guitars; tuning a didgeridoo; measuring temperature with sound
 Week 10.
 Apr.02  review of the physics of music; preparation for final presentations
 Apr.03  ice cube sliding off a globe; intro Fourier transforms
 Apr.04  playing with liquid Nitrogen
 Apr.05  superconductivity, Meissner effect, magnetic levitation
 Apr.06  Easter Friday, no PEP
 Week 11.
 Apr.08  Easter Monday, no PEP
 Apr.09  density and specific heat measurements
 Apr.10  gnuplot; recursion
 Apr.11 
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