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Astronomy Smorgasbord Week 4
Light: A Two-Faced Character
While we all take light for granted, the quest to understand just exactly what light is, has engaged humans since the dawn of civilizations. Today we understand that it possesses dual properties: acting both as a particle and a wave. This insight has enabled astronomers to better grasp what comprises the universe we inhabit. In this presentation, you will get an overview of this duality and see how this knowledge has been harnessed to fashion instruments that allow the cosmos to reveal their secrets to us.
Instructor: Bob Marx has been a Physics teacher for upwards of 30 years, He also ran the Science Talent Search program ( formerly the Westinghouse and later Intel). That ultimately enabled 150 high school seniors to submit research projects. Among the multiple awards they received, two students went on to gain Rhodes Scholarships. Despite his “retirement” , he continues to teach Physics at Hunter College. He had originally been tasked to revamp the entire lab program for the first year Physics students. Disrupted by the pandemic, Bob managed the conversion to an online virtual lab program on Zoom, currently in use.
Location: Class will be online using Zoom. Sign-in with an ID code given to you the weekend before class. Class recordings available during and for a time after.
Date: Wednesday, February 10
Time: 7-9 PM
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