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xxxxxxxxSeptember 2006 - Issue 49

  • Theodore Einstein, Physics, gave an invited talk at the 2 nd International Workshop on Physics and Technology of Thin Films in Prague, Czech Republic in June 2006, on “Going Beyond Minimal Models of Step Fluctuations and Lattice-Gas Interactions.”

  • Sylvester Gates completed a technical presentation in France, from June 19- July 14, for an international conference of mathematician and physicists.

  • The Physics Summer Girls program, participated in a Roller Coster project that was presented and judged by Dr. Michael Fuhrer and Dr. Robert Anderson. Click here to view images.

  • The University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) summer camp programs included two camp sessions of Science, Engineering and YOU ! for elementary age students.  One exciting activity that got students thinking and asking questions about physical principles was the Mentos and Diet Coke demonstration.  Students learned that by placing a Mentos candy into a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke, a large amount carbon dioxide gas is released in an instant.  The fact that Mentos candies are denser than Diet Coke increased how quickly the gas was released.  As you can see from the pictures, the results are very exciting. 
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