Spring 2024

Splash Biography


Major: Physics

College/Employer: UC Berkeley

Year of Graduation: G

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Past Classes

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S923: From Stars to Sapphires in Splash Spring 2022 (Apr. 16 - Oct. 29, 2022)
When people say we're made of star stuff, it's really true! Heavy elements are generated in the cores of stars in a process called nuclear fusion, and energetic explosions distribute these elements throughout the universe. In this course, we will explore the path elements on our earth take from the cores of stars to our backyards. We will also discuss the origins of various rare metals and gems, and explore the intersection of astrophysics, chemistry and geology. Comfort with algebra is recommended, but the class is open to all!

S754: 24 Hours in the Sky in Splash Spring 2021 (Mar. 13, 2021)
In "24 Hours in the Sky," we will follow our sky over the course of a day, looking at what's there, why, and how to find it. We will be covering the physics behind rainbows, "sun dogs," sunsets, and more, and learning about constellations throughout the seasons. This course will be a lecture format open to all levels, but I will be introducing a fair amount of algebra- and trigonometry-based math and physics. Time allowing, we will also cover some of the ancient mythologies and lore that explained these sky phenomena before the physics behind them was understood!

S655: Exploring the physics of resonance through sound waves in Splash Fall 2020 (Oct. 31, 2020)
“Resonance” is a concept in physics that ties many aspects of our natural world together, from musical instruments to collapsing bridges. Come learn about the physics of waves, frequencies, and how resonant frequencies affect our everyday life! We will be doing some hands-on data-taking involving wine glasses, thin-necked glass bottles (such as empty beer or wine bottles), and a ruler, but will also be including computer-based activities for anyone who doesn’t have these objects at home.