Physics Blog


Guest Blog: Avi Vajpeyi ’18

My first internship at Wooster has been a highly rewarding experience. Justine and I had the privilege to work with Dr. Lehman and Dr. Jacobs on a Wooster project that has been ongoing for over two decades – The Bead Pile Experiment. The essence of the project is the creation…
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12th Annual Pie Festival

We held the 12th annual picnic and pie festival at my house just over a week ago.  (The tradition started the summer after my first year at the College, when one of the summer research students explained that, while she liked to bake pies, she didn’t really like to eat pies.  Dr. Lindner explained…
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Criticality in Sandpiles and in the Brain

I’ve started following various science sites on Twitter as a way to keep up on the latest research, and last week an interesting article popped up on Phys.org with the title “Functioning brain follows famous sand pile model”.  Since my current research on avalanches on the beadpile is a essentially an experimental…
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BWISER and summer outreach

One of the Wooster summer traditions is the BWISER science camp for 7th and 8th grade girls.  The physics department has been responsible for an evening of demos for the campers since before I came to the College in 2003, and I’ve taken over responsibility for running our highly-choreographed rotation…
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April is the busiest month

So many things happened in the department in April that I got totally behind. In fact, April was so busy that I’ve only barely caught up here at the end of May.But, some great things happened so I want to post about them even if it is a little behind…
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Commencement

The class of 2015 graduated in style on May 11.  Those of us who have been around a while (that would be just me, this year!) were surprised to find that faculty and students were lining up in the Oak Grove on the north side of Kauke and that Commencement…
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Wooster Physics in San Antonio!

Welcome! Our goal is to use this site to share more information about what is going on in the department! Our annual attendance at the APS March Meeting seemed like a great place to start.Four students and I all traveled to San Antonio March 2 to 5 for the biggest…
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Solar System Model

The scale of Wooster’s planet walk is approximately five billion to one. Disks engraved on 3.5-inch brass markers embedded along the west sidewalk of Beall Avenue through campus represent the planets (and circles represent planetary rings). The four terrestrial planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars are near the sun between Pearl…
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