Physics "Nobel Prizes" Page

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

To receive an award, you must invent something original that really stands out and is directly connected with the lab exercise.

Examples might be:

The judging will be somewhat subjective, and will have to do with how impressed John is by your effort and creativity.
To get a group award, all members of the group must understand the invention - (I may ask any member of the group to explain it.)

Here are the most recent Nobel Prize Winners:

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.


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.


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.



Jeff Hickey, Christiana Shaw, Kate Adler
Physics 4A, Spring 2015

Measuring the rotational intertia of a turntable in order to account for an experimental discrepancy in a rotation lab.



Ted Dersch, César Ramírez
Physics 4A, Fall 2014

Investigating the cause of a systematic error in a conservation of energy experiment.
Measuring the effective width of a photogate beam and calculating its effect on the experimental results.



Alejandro Torres, Jacqueline Mendoza, Austin Henry
Physics 11, Spring 2014

Going above and beyond in the fluids lab - Making predictions about the behavior of a cube in an air stream and testing their predictions.



Chris Skelton
Physics 4B, Fall 2012

Noticing and pointing out a logical error in an experiment designed to measure e/m for an electron.



(L to R) Seth Jordan, Chris Stevens, Luc d'Hauthuille
Physics 4A, Fall 2012

Measuring the coefficient of friction of a cart based on the thermal energy lost in an experiment.
[ And for being very fashionable :) ]


(L to R) Matt Sampson, Matt McNussen, Richela Maeda, Matt Bloesch, Jordi Gischler, Tristan McVay, Rosemary Simmons, Ari Kaplan
Physics 4C, Spring 2012

Suggesting a graph of pressure vs time as a better way to assess thermal equilibrium in the absolute zero experiment.




Patrick Condon
Physics 2A, Fall 2011

Going beyond the normal torque lab requirements by creatively hypothesizing about the evolutionary reasons for the attachment points of human muscles.


(click here to see previous years' winners)