Exploring Modern Physics
Boston Campus Program—July 23- August 4, 2023
Program Prerequisite: Students should understand the basic concepts of physics such as the topics of linear momentum and its conservation, and the conservation of energy in collisions. Students should also be aware of the basics of trigonometry, but calculus is not required.
Messengers from space: cosmic rays as a window to modern physics
Cosmic rays are an entrance point for a great many important, but simple, concepts in modern physics. Students will be exposed to theoretical material that is rarely a part of AP Physics courses in high schools, but which interconnects well with such curricula.
This program will instruct students through lectures, guest speakers, and laboratory experiments. Students will fabricate a cloud chamber which can be used to perform basic measurements of cosmic ray abundances. Lecture material will cover topics from radioactivity, particle physics, and cosmology. Students will leave well-equipped to articulate their interests in the language that will be most advantageous to chances of admission to top universities.
The discovery of anti-matter (if we’re lucky, we’ll find some in our cloud chamber!)
Special relativity particularly the effect of time-dilation.
Simple concepts in elementary particle physics.
The origin of heavy elements in the early universe – so called Big-Bang Neucleosynthesis.
Radiation safety and the effect of radiation on human tissue. SIDE BONUS: learn how cosmic rays make carbon dating possible!
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The Accelerate Pre-College Programs at Northeastern opened my eyes to a world of new experiences that college offers. In the Exploring Modern Physics program, I discovered the beauty of muons and how they are detected, along with engaging topics in modern physics. This program also allowed me to form meaningful friendships with other students through various fun activities. Overall, the Exploring Modern Physics program provided me with valuable experiences that I could use to guide me through my college career.Victoria C.
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The program tuition is $6,495. This includes: program tuition, course materials, housing, meals, and social activities.
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