Saturday Morning Physics 2013

::: outreach program funded by Florida State University :::

Department of Physics, Florida State University

Download SMP program (PDF).

Contact Person:
Assist. Prof. Andrew Askew

Committee Members:
A. Askew, D. Lind, C. Gerardy, D. Collins, K. Huffenberger

Saturday Morning Physics is a program that introduces local high school students to current research topics in the physical sciences. Our goal is to educate, entertain and inspire. The program, which is funded by Florida State University, is organized and run by the FSU Department of Physics.

Although this program is primarily for high school seniors we welcome the participation of others. We particularly encourage parents and teachers to attend. The presentations are designed to be enjoyed by anyone, not just those who have some knowledge of physics!
No registration is required.

Cost of participation:
Saturday Morning Physics is provided as a community service at no cost to the participants.

Each session will be held by FSU Physics Professors in the large lecture hall (Room 101) at the east end of the Richards Undergraduate Physics Laboratory, located near the west end of campus (see Richards or UPL in the B4 zone of the campus map), except for the tour of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory on 11/02 (see Magnet Lab Map).

Schedule 2013:

All presentations will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end between 11:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
There will be a 20 minute intermission with free doughnuts and juice.





Discovery: The Search for the Higgs Boson
"What is the Higgs boson, and why is it important? Has it recently been discovered?"

Prof. A. Askew
Prof. T. Okui


Physics of Waves
Catch the wave with spectacular demonstrations of the physics of waves

Prof. V. Crede
Prof. M. Collins


Supernovae and Nuclear Astrophysics
Discover how exploding stars made us all

Prof. C. Gerardy
Prof. I. Wiedenhover


Physics of Sports
A lively look at the amazing physics of sports

Prof. D. Lind
Prof. P. Eugenio


The Science and Technology of Magnets
The World's Most Powerful Magnets: Scientific Applications and Cool Levitation

Visit the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
and learn about magnet research and future applications in our society

Prof. I. Chiorescu
Prof. G. Boebinger


Astronomy in the New Millennium
Every day brings a new discovery in astronomy. Sample the greatest!
(A free FSU Planetarium show is included)

Prof. K. Huffenberger


Physics on the Web
The Web is a fantastic place to learn physics, find out how and why

Prof. V. Dobrosavljevic

Interesting sites:

Florida State University Physics Department (main web site, Research, Faculty)
Particle Adventure
Hubble Space Telescope
Eight planets (formerly known as Nine planets)
Molecular Expressions at NHMFL
Nanoscale Science Education
Various links related to nanoscience.