Archive for the Physics Category

Ontario Science Center Trip

Posted in Physics on February 18, 2011 by Physics Society in York

The trip to the Ontario Science Center is going to happen on Thursday, February 24th. Tickets are $10, which includes admission to the Science Center and an IMAX film. We will be meeting at the Ontario Science Center at 10am on the 24th, please don’t be late, as you WILL NOT be able to get a ticket, so plan to arrive a little early.

We need to know how many people are attending, so if you plan on going please e-mail Lindsay at

Science Center Trip Update

Posted in Physics on January 19, 2011 by Physics Society in York

The joint Science Center trip with the Astronomy Club is currently scheduled to happen sometime during reading week (Feb. 19-25).  As soon as a date is finalized, it will be posted.

January Meeting Cancelled!!

Posted in Physics on January 19, 2011 by Physics Society in York

Unfortunately the meeting originally scheduled for January 19 has been cancelled due to scheduling issues. The next meeting however should be happening as planned for February 2, unless otherwise stated on the website or through e-mail.

Particle Physics is not about Particles, but Principles

Posted in Physics on November 22, 2010 by Physics Society in York

The next meeting (Nov. 24) has our own Veronica Sanz giving a talk on particle physics.


‘Particle Physics is not the taxonomy of fundamental blocks in nature,
it is much more than that. The existence of a particle and the way
this particle behaves tells us a more interesting story altogether.
The real protagonists of this story are symmetries, or principles,
that govern nature at the most fundamental level. In this talk, I will
tell you some simple examples of how the study of particles unveils
fundamental concepts, such as symmetries and quantum mechanics. And I
will also tell you about the Higgs particle hunting and its trophy,
solving the mystery of the Universe’s mass. (This talk is aimed to
undergraduate level)’


As always there will be free pizza and pop for members, and it’s $2 for non-members who wish to attend.


See you there!!

Physics Society Social Night!

Posted in Physics on November 10, 2010 by Physics Society in York

There Is a Physics Society meeting on Nov. 10 at 5:30 in room 330 of the Chemistry Building (CB).  This is mainly a social meeting and we plan to watch a few episodes of The Big Bang Theory, do some cool experiments and just hang out.  Take a break from midterms and studying for exams and come on down.

Of course there’s free pizzza and pop for members!

See you there!!

The Higgs Particle is not an Ice Cube

Posted in Physics on October 18, 2010 by Physics Society in York

Dr. Randy Lewis from our own York University is going to be giving a talk on the Higgs particle.

Very basic knowledge of the phases of matter will be reviewed using water, ice and magnets as examples.  This will lead us to an understanding of superfluids and also the Higgs particle.  Though they differ in many details (that we will neglect), the central feature of all of these examples is the same: symmetry and spontaneous symmetry breaking.  The possibility of additional types of Higgs particles beyond the standard model will be mentioned.

As always, free pizza and pop for members.

Hope to see you all there!

Jelly Bean Contest

Posted in Physics on October 4, 2010 by Physics Society in York

Here are the details about the jelly bean contest:

Jar 1 (m&m)
Assume each m&m is an electron, and the bottle is electically neutral.  What is the net charge of the bottle and it’s contents?

Jar 2 (jelly candies)
If you were to make a ring with the candies, and spun it at the rate of 1 radian per second, what is the angular momentum of the candy ring?

Jar 3 (jelly beans)
If you were to stack the jelly beans length wise on the moon to make a tall tower, how long would it take the top jelly bean to fall to the surface from the top.

e-mail if you need clarification on these, and check wikipedia, hyperphysics, and your first year textbook for all the equations you’ll need.  Other than that, you should just need to make an estimate of the number, mass, and dimensions of the candies!