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Morning lectures include topics as varied as kinematics, geometric optics, Newton’s laws, physical optics, Ohm’s law, energy conservation, Einstein’s Special Relativity, computational physics, wave-particle duality, Plank’s constant, and the speed of sound and light.
In the afternoons, students break out into special interest groups, including, but not limited to: non-Newtonian fluids, radio astronomy, high energy physics, alternative energies, cloud chambers, and quantum phenomena, to engage in experimental laboratory work.
Throughout the program, students will learn to build sensing circuits to determine the speed of light, will visit an automotive museum to gain insight into inertia and mechanics, and will visit a local amusement park to collect and analyze data documenting the acceleration of roller coasters, culminating in small group presentations in which students present their findings.
See this program’s 2016 syllabus (PDF)
Prerequisites: Previous physics experience is encouraged, though not required.
Program Director: Bill Berner
Bill Berner serves as the Demonstration Laboratory Coordinator for Penn’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Before joining Penn, Bill taught high school Physics for more than 25 years.
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