Physics "Nobel Prizes" Page

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These prizes are awarded to individuals or lab groups for exceptional thoughtfulness, creativity or elegance in experimental design or analysis.

To receive an award, you must invent something original or take on a project that that goes above and beyond the required lab activity.

Examples might be:

To get a group award, all members of the group must understand the project - (We may ask any member of the group to explain it.)

Here are the most recent Nobel Prize Winners:

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Catie Randolph and Chase Servin
Physics 11, Spring 2020

Doing experiments to measure the effective beam width of our photogates and calculating how much that would effect velocity measurements.


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Miles Houser and Jasen Levoy
Physics 4B, Fall 2019

Convincing instructors that the "displacement current" term of Ampere's Law cannot be ignored for a resistor with a time-varying current.


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Machen Brown
Physics 4A, Fall 2018

Coming up with the idea of replacing the string of a pendulum with a spring to make a computer simulation more doable.


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Lance Wilcken
Physics 4C, Spring 2017

Mathematically deriving the ideal shape for a lens.


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Wesley Johanson
Physics 4C, Spring 2017

Coming up with a theory to explain unexpected results in the photoelectric effect lab.


Keenan Roop, Caleb Watts, Allie Hunsinger, Angie Cha
Physics 4B, Fall 2016

Designing experiments to explore wireless power transmission with coils and LEDs.


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David Ayala, Erik Chavez
Physics 11, Fall 2016

Designing and testing ways to improve the performance of the Pasco sound resonance tube.


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Alejandro Torres, Eiji Mori
Physics 4B, Summer 2016

Desiging and performing experiments to test different explanations for the motion of the grounding ball near a van de Graf generator.


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Christopher Hedges, Francisco Piña, Antonio Lippa
Physics 11, Spring 2016

Predicting and testing the idea that a balloon can be blown up by pulling out the surrounding air.


Tim Holt
Physics 4C, Spring 2016

Designing an experiment to investigate why the double slit interference pattern
doesn't go to zero in between fringes.


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Stephanie Striegel, Miles Deane Howell, Ian Watts
Physics 4B, Fall 2015

Using dimensional analysis and experimentation to discover the formula for the reactance of a capacitor.


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Jules Granick, Cierra Costello, Aren Pageler
(Their 2nd Nobel Prize!)
Physics 10 Lab, Fall 2015

Designing and conducting an experiment to test the prediction
that doubling the voltage on a light bulb will make it four times brighter.


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Jules Granick, Cierra Costello, Katie Freeman, Aren Pageler
Physics 10 Lab, Fall 2015

Going above and beyond the lab activity by making predictions
about the behavior of water in a balloon and testing out their predictions.



(click here to see previous years' winners)