The Saturday Morning Physics program introduces local students and community members to current topics in the physical sciences, presented by scientists active in research. We seek to educate, entertain, and inspire. We offer this program as a community service free to the participants; it is completely funded by Florida State University. Over the years, thousands of students of all ages have enjoyed this program, learning and benefiting from the opportunity to interact directly with working scientists.
The Fall 2019 schedule will be available soon!
Fall 2018 Schedule
Except during the week of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), each of the sessions will be held in Room 101 (the large lecture hall) in the Richards Undergraduate Physics Laboratory on FSU's Campus (map here). All presentations will begin at 9:30 am and end between 11 am and 11:15 am. There will be a 20-minute intermission with free pastries and juice. There are nearby road closures on Antarctic Way, Academic Way and Chieftan Way, so you may plan ahead.
|9/22/2018||The National MagLab and the Dark Energy of Quantum Materials (at Maglab)
Learn about magnet research and future applications in our society.
During this week, participants must go to the Magnet Lab at 1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive Tallahassee, FL 32310. ALL participants are required to have closed toe shoe shoes.
Due to space limitations, the Magnet Lab session will be split in two. Attendees arriving before 9:30 am will join the first session, while others will join a 10:30 am session. Magnet Lab tours will also be organized.
|Dr. Eric Palm||Dr. Laura Greene|
Particle Physics: What Matter Is and How We Know
Learn of the discoveries that informed our understanding of the fundamental forces of nature, and what the future may hold!
|Dr. Takemichi Okui||Dr. Rachel Yohay|
The New Astronomy
Every day brings a new discovery in astronomy. Sample the greatest! A free FSU planetarium show is included.
|Dr. Kevin Huffenberger||Dr. David Collins|
|10/13/2018||FSU Circus of Physics and FSU Math Fun Day join forces this year, and we will have a combined open house from 10am-5pm! (Postponed due to Hurricane Michael until Dec 1)|
|10/20/2018||Physics on the Web
The web is a fantastic place to explore physics. Find out why and where.
|Dr. Vladimir Dobrosavljevic|
|10/27/2018||No session this week.|
|11/3/2018||Physics of Waves
Catch the wave with these spectacular demonstrations of the physics of waves.
|Dr. Christianne Beekman||Dr. Sean Dobbs|
Forging Elements in Exploding Stars and in the Lab
Discover how exploding stars made us all, and how we study nuclear processes here on Earth.
|Dr. Jeremiah Murphy||Dr. Sergio Almaraz-Calderon|
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Professor Kevin Huffenberger
Saturday Morning Physics Committee Chair
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4350