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Undergraduate Student Seminar Announcement for April 29

Apr 23, 2013

*****Seminar Announcement*****

PHYS 490, Monday, April 29, 4:00 pm
Currens Hall 205
All physics faculty and students are invited.

Speaker: Alexander Blanton
Title: Various Techniques for Measuring Astronomical Distances


Measuring the distance to various celestial bodies provides an integral variable in many aspects of astronomy. In this talk, the speaker will go over techniques that can be used to determine distances to bodies in the Milky Way, as well as different methods to measure an extra galactic distance. Also, implications of these methods will be explored to give the audience a glimpse into the nature of the Universe.

Speaker: Kyle Squires
Title: The Understanding of Fire through Physics


With fire as one of the greatest discoveries of the human race, understanding the physics of a fire has improved both fire prevention and fire investigation. In this talk the speaker will show the basic understanding of how fire can continue to burn once it has started. Through certain equations, the speaker will show how the fire will react and spread in a given environment. Also, with an understanding of physics, one can more efficiently determine where the fire is going to go and the best scenario of how to extinguish said fire. All of this will aid not only firefighters, but the future, to help make fire accidents keep decreasing from year to year.

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