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Science Makes for Frightful Fun at Physics Department’s Annual Demonstration


Frights, food and fun are the order of the evening when the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy presents “Spooky Physics Demonstrations” from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday (Oct. 30) at 7 p.m. in Lewis Hall.

Scheduled demonstrations include freezing objects in liquid nitrogen (at minus 300 degrees), generating sound waves with Bunsen burners and tubes, observing cosmic rays with a cloud chamber, levitating magnets with superconductors and launching bottle rockets. Other fun presentations include optical illusions with mirrors, a Van de Graaff generator (a literally ‘hair-raising’ electrical device), a bed of nails and other contraptions.

Physics department personnel also will prepare ice cream with liquid nitrogen and award prizes for the most original, scariest and cutest costumes to kids 14 and under.

“A lot of people usually come to the astronomy nights and some of them asked us if we were going to do more public events,” said Marco Cavaglia, professor of physics and coordinator of the evening’s activities. “We thought that Halloween could be a good opportunity to do some ‘spooky’ demos. Our graduate and undergraduate physics students are really enthusiastic about participating.”

For more information or for assistance related to a disability, call the Department of Physics and Astronomy at 662-915-5325.