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All Invited to USU Physics' November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 18

'Resonance' is the theme for the free, family-friendly campus event.

By Mary-Ann Muffoletto |

Can you really break glass with sound? Can you use fire to view sound waves? Why are there “hotspots” in my microwave oven?

Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to learn answers to these questions and more at the Utah State University Department of Physics’ 15th annual November Demo Show on Friday, Nov. 18.

“Resonance” is the theme for the event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room ESLC 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.

The evening’s nonstop science fun will include demonstrations with such intriguing names as Pendulum Wave, Bullroarer, Hose-a-Phone, Tibetan Prayer Bowl, Palm Pipes, Ruben’s Tube, Singing Tesla Coil and more.

“It will be great fun and a chance to learn something new,” Coburn says.

Physics? Fun?

“Absolutely,” he 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 435-797-2857.

USU physicist James Coburn demonstrates physics.


Mary-Ann Muffoletto
Public Relations Specialist
College of Science


James Coburn
Laboratory Supervisor
Department of Physics

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