Skip to main content

'The Physics of Light' Topic for Nov. 22 USU Physics’ Demo Show

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

graphic illustration for USU Physics' Demo Show

Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to USU Physics' sixth annual November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center Auditorium. Admission is free.

USU teaching laboratory supervisor James Coburn

USU Physics' annual November Demo Show, led by James Coburn, teaching laboratory supervisor and demonstration specialist, has become a Cache Valley favorite.

How do rainbows form? Why is the sky blue? How do glasses correct your vision?

Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to learn the answer to these questions and more at Utah State University Department of Physics’ sixth annual November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 22.

This year’s theme is “The Physics of Light.” The gathering 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 ages.

“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 all about light.”

“We’ll talk about how optical illusions trick our minds,” he says. “We’ll see if a laser can pop a balloon. We’ll explore different ways to produce color and determine why our Cache Valley sunsets are so brilliant. It will be an evening of ‘illuminating’ 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:

Contact:  James Coburn, 435-797-3014,

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

Add new Comment

We welcome your response. Your comment or question will be forwarded to the appropriate person. Please be sure to provide a valid email address so we can contact you, if needed. Your submission will NOT be published online. Thank you.

More News

All news


Utah State Today is available as a weekly e-mail update, with links to news, features, and events. Subscribers stay connected, whether on campus or off.

To receive Utah State Today every week, simply enter your e-mail address below.

Unsubscribe here.

Get Connected

Visit our social media directory to see all of USU's social media streams.