‘Making Waves’ topic for Nov. 20 USU Physics’ demo show

LOGAN – Is it true a high-pitched tone such as an opera singer’s voice can shatter glass?

Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to learn the answer to this question and more at Utah State University Physics Department’s eighth annual November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 20.

This year’s theme is “Making Waves” 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 discuss the difference between ‘supersonic’ and ‘ultrasonic,’ view waves created by a Ruben’s flame tube and learn what it means to break the sound barrier. 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, call 435-797-3517.

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