Physics Department to Host Open House for All Ages

March 25, 2009 OGDEN, Utah – What do space aliens, glowing pickles, floating soap and cats have in common? They’re all part of a physics open house coming to Weber State University in April.

WSU’s Department of Physics will host the third annual Physics Open House, April 3 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Lind Lecture Hall. The event, which is free and open to all ages, will feature presentations and demonstrations conducted by WSU physics faculty and students.

Scheduled events include the “Circus of Physics” demonstration show presented by Adam Johnston and Colin Inglefield featuring levitating billiard balls and disappearing test tubes in addition to the aforementioned pickles and soap. 

In demonstrations on electricity, spinning objects, and cats, Ron Galli will answer the age-old question: Why do cats always land on their feet?

Last year’s open house attracted more than 1400 visitors, far exceeding event organizers’ expectations. More than 600 attended the inaugural event in 2007. This year, the open house includes expanded venues for the Circus of Physics and more activities to accommodate the crowds.

“I was blown away by the support of the community last year,” said assistant physics professor John Armstrong. “So we’ve expanded the offerings.”

The Ott Planetarium also will be presenting shows and a star party that evening.

Weather permitting, WSU’s high-altitude ballooning team will inflate a giant helium balloon, part of a vehicle to deliver student-built instruments to the edge of space.

Visit space.weber.edu/openhouse for a complete list of all the activities planned at the open house, along with directions and other event information.

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Contact:
John Armstrong, assistant physics professor
801-626-6215 • jcarmstrong@weber.edu
Author:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 • jkowalewski@weber.edu