Deanna Csomo McCool | June 16, 2017
Ryan Kim, a rising junior, trained for an “Olympic” event with his team on the third floor of Jordan Hall by assembling several rubber bands and attaching them to a 500-gram bag of sand, preparing it for its first bungee jump to the floor below.
The catch: To have a chance of posting a winning score, the sandbag could not plop into the bucket of water on the first floor, and must end its journey suspended at the height of a small step stool. How to accomplish this task in 25 minutes or less? Using physics, of course.
The 10th annual Physics Olympics was hosted by the Notre Dame Department of Physics and the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program on Tuesday, June 13. Sixty rising juniors and seniors in the REU programs at Notre Dame, Purdue and Michigan State participated in the event, though students in those three programs represented different undergraduate institutions from all over the country. Overseeing the event were Umesh Garg, professor of experimental nuclear physics, and several Notre Dame graduate and undergraduate students.