Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fluorescence - Episode 32

Fluorescence, it's almost as hard to explain as it is to spell. Dr. Carlson explains how his favorite color (neon) is such a shiny glowy thing and how detergents can get your clothes "whiter than white!"

Science Theater Episode 32: Fluorescence

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Liquid Air - Episode 31

Liquid air? Once Nitrogen gas becomes really, really cold it becomes a liquid. Once you have really, a really cold liquid, you can use it to make other things cold. Really, really cold things behave differently. Join Dr. Carlson to find out how cold things behave in...

Science Theater Episode 31: Liquid Air

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

States of Matter - Episode 30

Sure, gas-liquid-solid... you've seen it all before, but have you seen air as a gas, air as a liquid, and air as a solid? Dr. Carlson explains the three most common states of matter and shows off how to make a snowcone out of Nitrogen gas.

Science Theater Episode 30: States of Matter

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Interview with a Scientist - Marc Caffee (Part 2)

We're back at PRIME lab to take a look at the giant particle accelerator. Learn the process of taking a glacier rock, pounding it to smithereens, and then shooting it down a beam at hundreds of miles an hour, just to count how many atoms of Beryllium are inside the rock! A little bit of science for everyone: Chemistry, Physics, and Geology!

Science Theater Interview 06: Marc Caffee (Part 2)

Science Theater Interviews: Real Scientists, Real Science

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Interview with a Scientist - Marc Caffee

There's nothing like taking tiny little bits of rock and smashing them with Cesium to send them on an electrical journey at ultra high speeds. That's just what happens in the particle accelerator at Purdue's PRIME Lab. In our most recent Interview with a Scientist episode, Prof. Marc Caffee explains how he can find the age of asteroid rocks from outer space or determine how long ago rocks were exposed from glacier movement.

Science Theater Interview 05: Marc Caffee (Part 1)

Science Theater Interviews: Real Scientists, Real Science

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Center of Mass - Episode 29

When does a tower tip and fall? When its center of mass is no longer over its base. Dr. Carlson plays with blocks and walks the plank in order to illustrate the power of center of mass.

Science Theater Episode 29: Center of Mass

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Interview with a Scientist - Ken Ritchie

Lasers and bacterial cells - they go together like peanut butter and jelly. Prof. Ken Ritchie, Professor of Physics at Purdue uses lasers to "light up" individual molecules on the surface of cells. By taking pictures and videos of these cells he can study cellular processes that help single cell organisms build their membranes and orient themselves in their environment.

Science Theater Interview 04: Ken Ritchie

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Mirrors and Images - Episode 28

Mirrors don't let you see things that aren't there, they let you see things from an entirely different position! Your image in a mirror is what someone else would see if they were standing behind the mirror. It's all a matter of tracing the path of light from your eye to an object, or from the object to your eye.

Science Theater Episode 28:Mirrors and Images

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Doppler Effect - Episode 27

When cars go screeching by your ear, their pitch changes due to the Doppler Effect. See and hear the Doppler Effect explained before your very eyes! Learn how the Doppler Effect even helps astronomers look at stars.

Science Theater Episode 27:Doppler Effect

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Waves - Episode 26

Waves of light, waves of sound, waves of water, waves of fire. Wait, waves of FIRE? Check out the three main categories of waves, and try to guess where waves of fire fit into the mix...

Science Theater Episode 26: Waves

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Interview with a Scientist - Erica Carlson

What does a condensed matter physicist study? Floating magnets for one. In our second interview segment, Dr. Carlson meets Professor Carlson to discuss her research. Prof. Erica Carlson discusses her research on one-dimensional electron gasses (and how it applies to superconductivity!)

Science Theater Interview 03: Erica Carlson

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Electricity - Episode 25

Electrons and protons are tiny, but they can move large objects! Watch several demonstrations showing the power and behavior of electrons, electricity, and their response to electromagnetic waves.

Science Theater Episode 25: Electricity

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Angular Momentum - Episode 24

Ice skaters spin faster by hugging themselves tight, but what does that have to do with riding a bicycle? In both cases, the law of conservation of angular momentum is in effect. Watch a few more angular momentum examples!

Science Theater Episode 24: Angular Momentum

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Eddy Currents - Episode 23

Sure, Spiderman can stop a block of falling metal, but so can science! Find out how magnets force electrons to move around in little circles, which can cause a falling piece of metal to slow down and nearly stop. Magnetic brakes on your roller-coaster, anyone?

Science Theater Episode 23: Eddy Currents

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Interview Special Part 2 - Daniela Bortoletto

Prof. Bortoletto gives us a tour of her lab where they construct tiny chips used in particle accelerators to detect high energy particles. You've heard the theory, now see the hardware!

Science Theater Interview 02: Daniela Bortoletto (part 2)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Special! - Interview with a Scientist - Daniela Bortoletto

Tune in to hear an interview with a real, live high energy physicist! In the first of an occasional series, Dr. Carlson sits down with an actual Physics professor to discuss her research. This week, we meet Prof. Daniela Bortoletto and discuss her search for heavy particles (including the Higgs particle and heavy Quarks).

Science Theater Interview 01: Daniela Bortoletto (part 1)

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Shoot the Monkey - Episode 22

Dr. Carlson shoots a monkey in this classic demonstration of two dimensional motion. If you want to hit an object that is about to be dropped, do you aim above, at, or below it? The answer is a few short minutes away.

Science Theater Episode 22: Shoot the Monkey

(No animals were harmed in the making of this film...)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Motion in Two Dimensions - Episode 21

If you can drop it, you can throw it. Dr. Carlson throws stuff around to show how projectiles fall. (Also known as 2-dimensional motion)

Science Theater Episode 21: Motion in Two Dimensions

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Pendulums - Episode 20

Dr. Carlson faces down fear and speeding bowling balls in an effort to demonstrate his faith in Physics and Pendulums.

Science Theater Episode 20: Pendulums