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'Electricity and Magnetism' Topic for Nov. 18 USU Physics' Demo Show

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Physics Demo Show with James Coburn and the audience

Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to USU Physics' ninth annual November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center Auditorium. Admission is free.

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'Electricity and Magnetism' is the theme of USU Physics’ 2016 November Demo Show. The popular event has become a favorite Cache Valley ‘kick-off’ for Thanksgiving Week.

What is superconductivity and how does it allow objects to levitate? How does electricity allow us to use the many appliances we rely on each day? What’s a ‘LeviGlobe’ and how does it spin in the air?

Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to learn answers to these questions and more at Utah State University Physics Department’s ninth annual November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 18.

This year’s theme is “Electricity and Magnetism” and the fun begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus. Admission is free and open to all.

“It’s time again to kick off Thanksgiving week with our popular annual tradition,” says James Coburn, Physics Teaching Laboratory supervisor and show coordinator. “This year, we’ll break down big words like ‘paramagnetism’ and ‘induction’ into easy-to-understand concepts. We’ve planned a great evening of family science fun.”

Physics? Fun?

“Absolutely,” Coburn says. “Unfortunately, many are intimidated by physics study. But it shouldn’t be that way — learning about science is something everyone can enjoy.”

Coburn says he was inspired to create the November Demo Show, now a Cache Valley favorite, by England’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, which have been a popular British tradition since 1825.

Parking for the event is available in the surface lot south of Old Main and the university parking terraces at 700 E. 600 North and 850 E. 700 North in Logan. For directions and more information, visit the November Demo Show website or call 435-797-3517.

Related links:

Cache Valley Science Kids’ on Facebook

USU Department of Physics

USU College of Science

Contact:  James Coburn, 435-797-3014,

Writer:  Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

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