7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium (Room 130) of the Eccles Science Learning Center on the USU campus. (For directions, click here.) (For parking information, click here.)

 This year's Physics Demonstration show focuses on fluid dynamics. Here, in this joint NASA-FAA wake vortex study, the air flow from the wing of this agricultural plane is made visible by a technique that uses colored smoke rising from the ground. This is an example of fluid dynamics.

 

What makes an airplane fly? What keeps a heavy battleship afloat? How do you tell teh difference between a hydrogen balloon and a helium balloon?

Learn the answers to these questions and more at the USU Physics Department's fifth annual November Demonstration Show on Friday, November 16th! This year's theme is "Fabulous Fluids."

The gathering begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

"It's time again to kick off Thanksgiving week with our popular annual tradition," says James Coburn, Teaching Laboratory supervisor and demonstration specialist in USU's Department of Physics. "This year, our featured topic is fluid dynamics."

In physics, Coburn says, "fluids" refer to liquids and gasses.

"We'll talk about such concepts as buoyancy, surface tension, levitation and what makes things float or sink," he says. "We'll use atmospheric pressure to crush a 55-gallon barrel, fire smoke rings out of a giant vortex cannon, launch a ping pong ball seven different ways and create a 'flame tornado.' It will be a lot of fun." 

Join us!