Hey all,

For my last session in college, I have to do a project integrating matter from all of my physics classes, plus some mathematics. To give you an idea, what we saw are the basics of physics and maths : mechanical (mainly Newton's Laws of motion), strenght of materials, electricity and magnetism (Coulomb, Ampère, Faraday, Biot, Savart and mainly Maxwell's laws and equations), waves, optic, modern physics (special and general relativities, string theory), differential and integral calculus (in two, three and four dimensions), linear algebra, vector geometry, statistics and probabilities.

The project can be to build something or to study theorically something (with calculations or computer simulations). The point is to compare theoretical and experimental data. Here is a list of ideas my team came up with, or previous projects :

- Building an E-uni (not for transportation purposes, only self-balancing) : way too complicated, programming-wise.

- Building a sort of Segway (again, only self-balancing) : still too complicated and expensive.

- Measuring and calculating the Earth’s attraction with various techniques (pendulum, launch of an object, etc) : too simple physics and mathematics.

- Building a Foucault pendulum to calculate our latitude : too big because of the rotation implied in the concept itself. Also, most of Foucault pendulums previously made needed a push from time to time (using precise motors or something similar).

- Studying the flight of a boomerang/football/golf ball : too hard to recreate the same flight every times.

- Calculating the mass of an electron using a cathode ray tube (J.J. Thomson’s experiment).

- Calculating the speed of light using a Michelson interferometer.

- Studying the motion of a double pendulum.

- Finding the resonance frequency of a certain system.

As you can notice, we are really going in many different directions. What I would like is the get some of your ideas, no matter how silly or hard they may seem. Just keep in mind that we do not have access to a particule accelerator or similar devices (that's why we cannot really choose a subject concerning modern physics).

Thank you,

Hugo

For my last session in college, I have to do a project integrating matter from all of my physics classes, plus some mathematics. To give you an idea, what we saw are the basics of physics and maths : mechanical (mainly Newton's Laws of motion), strenght of materials, electricity and magnetism (Coulomb, Ampère, Faraday, Biot, Savart and mainly Maxwell's laws and equations), waves, optic, modern physics (special and general relativities, string theory), differential and integral calculus (in two, three and four dimensions), linear algebra, vector geometry, statistics and probabilities.

The project can be to build something or to study theorically something (with calculations or computer simulations). The point is to compare theoretical and experimental data. Here is a list of ideas my team came up with, or previous projects :

- Building an E-uni (not for transportation purposes, only self-balancing) : way too complicated, programming-wise.

- Building a sort of Segway (again, only self-balancing) : still too complicated and expensive.

- Measuring and calculating the Earth’s attraction with various techniques (pendulum, launch of an object, etc) : too simple physics and mathematics.

- Building a Foucault pendulum to calculate our latitude : too big because of the rotation implied in the concept itself. Also, most of Foucault pendulums previously made needed a push from time to time (using precise motors or something similar).

- Studying the flight of a boomerang/football/golf ball : too hard to recreate the same flight every times.

- Calculating the mass of an electron using a cathode ray tube (J.J. Thomson’s experiment).

- Calculating the speed of light using a Michelson interferometer.

- Studying the motion of a double pendulum.

- Finding the resonance frequency of a certain system.

As you can notice, we are really going in many different directions. What I would like is the get some of your ideas, no matter how silly or hard they may seem. Just keep in mind that we do not have access to a particule accelerator or similar devices (that's why we cannot really choose a subject concerning modern physics).

Thank you,

Hugo

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