UCR’s Department of Physics and Astronomy will hold an open house exhibition, free to the public, on Highlander Day, April 18. The exhibition will occur from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Physics Building.
The event will contain hands-on physics demonstrations, tours of the research laboratories and presentations on current campus research done by the department. In the past, demonstrations have displayed effects such as the principle of conservation of angular momentum, which explains the velocity of rotation proportional to its mass and angle. Last year a rotating bicycle wheel was tilted to show spectators changes in velocity.
Presentations will occur at 2 p.m. to showcase research from current scientists in the fields of astronomy, condensed matter physics and high-energy physics. In addition, free UCR physics and astronomy department T-shirts and electric motor kits will be given out while supplies last to visitors to those who attend the event.
According to Professor of Physics and Astronomy Owen Long in a press release, “The open house has been tremendously popular with families in past years; we are expecting a good turnout this year as well.”