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Physics Olympics at Hartnell College

March 31st, 2008

On Thursday, April 10, Hartnell’s Physics Department will host its annual Physics Olympics. Physics students from Hartnell and from five area high schools will compete in five exciting competitions that will stimulate critical thinking skills and test students’ knowledge of physics.

Three events run from 9 to 11 a.m.: an egg drop competition in the courtyard area between the two Classroom Administration Buildings; the laser bounce in room 8 of Merrill Hall; and the building blocks competition in the Rotarium of Merrill Hill, next to the Foucault pendulum.

Contestants from all participating colleges and high schools--Hartnell, North Salinas, Palma, Notre Dame, Gonzales, and Everett Alvarez--will take a physics quiz at 12:30 p.m., and the day ends with the testing of team-built bridges, beginning at 2 p.m. in room 11 of Merrill Hall.

Hartnell has hosted this event for nearly 30 years, to encourage participants to have fun while applying basic tenets from physics to real world situations, encouraging them to pursue science study beyond high school. Similar events are held throughout the country and the world, including ones at the University of Maryland and at Yale University.

Students, faculty, staff, and the public are invited to all events.

Prizes will be awarded to winners, donated by the President’s Office and the Hartnell College Foundation.

For more information, please visit the event’s website at www.hartnell.edu/physics/physicsolympics/poindex.htm, or contact physics and astronomy instructor Dr. Pimol Moth at 755-6893, or pmoth@hartnell.edu.