Physics series continues each Saturday
High school students came to CU to attend the second lecture in the Saturday physics series.
The lecture, entitled “Quantum Oscillations and Antimatter”, was the second in a series of six classes centering on physics. The series is versed toward high school physics students. The lecture on Saturday was taught by William T. Ford.
Approximately 100 people filed into Duane Physics to learn about antimatter. Attendance for the series typically varies from 80 people to 350.
Ford taught about antimatter and how it is used. Antimatter is the same as matter, just with all of its properties inverted. If antimatter comes into contact with matter, it will destroy the matter.
“You wouldn’t want to shake hands with a person made of antimatter,” Ford said.
Saturday’s complete lecture can be found on the Saturday physics seriesWeb site.
Carole Capsalis, a professional research assistant in the physics department, helped organize the series. Capsalis said the program is funded through physics department and from the CU-Boulder Outreach Committee.
Capsalis has worked for the program for four of its six years and she said she believes it is worthwhile.
“This is a great opportunity for High School students to hear about work research being done on campus,” Capsalis said.
Several high school students came to the lecture in the pursuit of extra credit.
“I learned more about oscillations,” said Joel Matoba, a senior from Golden High School.
Some students were impressed by the lecture and ready to learn more.
“I might come back,” said Chris Browning a junior from Golden High School.
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