Theoretical Physics Science Projects

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Theoretical physics science projects are a great way to show of your command of a particular topic. Learn about theoretical physics science projects with help from a research scientist and one of the world's leading experts on star formation in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Harold Yorke, I'm a research scientist in Pasadena, California and I'm gonna talk about theoretical physics science projects. Theoretical physics is a branch of physics that uses mathematical models and abstractions to study natural phenomena and also to make predictions. This is in contrast to experimental physics that uses experiments to study natural phenomena. Normally these two have to work hand and hand in order to advance science. You need the theory to connect the dots to show what the experiments are showing and to make new predictions and you need the experiments to test theories and maybe even disprove them so that the theoretical physicists have to work a little bit harder. Now normally, normally your science projects are experimental physics science projects. You construct something, you do an experiment, and you get the result and you might have a little bit of theory when you explain the results but a theoretical physics science project has to use a mathematical model and it could be a little bit difficult so this is not for the fainthearted or for those who have difficulty in doing math. So some examples of theoretical physics math problems or, or science projects would be a theoretical model of a tsunami so you construct a wave equation for water and you solve it, it's not an easy thing to do or maybe a little bit simpler would be to solve the wave equation for the vibration of a violin string, again that's a wave equation. A third project might be if you have a copper wire and you stick one end into a fire how long will it last before your fingers start burning, you have to let the wire go, you can solve that with a mathematical model. Again, these are not for the fainthearted so if you want to embark on a theoretical physics science project, good luck. Thanks for watching.


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