LOGAN – What makes a light bulb shine? How do batteries work? How many volts of electricity can you generate by rubbing your feet on a carpet? Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to learn the answer to these questions and more at Utah State University Physics Department’s third annual November Demonstration Show on campus Friday, Nov. 19.This year’s theme is “Electricity and Magnetism.” The gathering begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center. Admission is free and open to all.”We’ve had so much fun the last two years that we’re making this kick-off for Thanksgiving week an annual tradition,” says James Coburn, Teaching Laboratory supervisor in USU’s Physics Department. “This is a great opportunity for scientists young and old to learn together.”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.”This year’s demonstrations feature a Wimshurst machine, a ‘hair-raising’ Van de Graaff generator, a spark-inducing Jacob’s Ladder and a Tesla Coil.”It will be an evening of big sparks, big magnets and high voltage fun,” Coburn says.For directions and more information, visit the www.usu.edu/science/unwrapped or contact the USU Physics Department at 435-797-2857.
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