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Del Square Psi honored for generating interest in physics

APSUs chapter of the Society of Physics Students, Del Square Psi, has received an SPS Marsh W. White Award.

The organization was awarded $300 based on APSU Del Square Psi President Michael Gaithers proposal for projects promoting interest in physics among students and the general public.
APSU's chapter of the Society of Physics Students, Del Square Psi, has received an SPS Marsh W. White Award.

The organization was awarded $300 based on APSU Del Square Psi President Michael Gaither's proposal for projects promoting interest in physics among students and the general public.

The society requested funds for equipment for its “Physics on the Road” show, during which physics demonstrations are presented to area elementary, middle and high schools. Award money is earmarked for Dewar flasks, used in demonstrations requiring low temperatures or low temperature gas, such as the liquid nitrogen cannon, balloon shrink, canister explosion and liquid nitrogen ice cream demonstrations.

“We present a number of demonstrations,” says Del Square Psi Adviser Dr. Spencer Buckner, associate professor of physics and astronomy. “We do a motion demonstration where a child sits on a wheel and spins like a pirouetting ice-skater, moving his arms out and in, to slow down or speed up.”

“We also do a lot with light sources, using spectrum glasses to reveal the rainbow of colors.”

In addition to the “Physics on the Road” show, Del Square Psi is inviting area high school students to design a T-shirt incorporating Albert Einstein and physics. The winning submission will become APSU's Del Square Psi 2005 T-shirt, and the student's class will be awarded t-shirts and a pizza party.

Submissions should be sent to Del Square Psi T-shirt Contest, P.O. Box 4608, Clarksville, TN 37044. Designs must be received by Feb. 16.

For further information about Del Square Psi, telephone Buckner at (931) 221-6241.
—Terry Stringer