Saturday Morning Physics

Saturday Morning Physics




The Saturday Morning Physics program introduces local students and community members to current topics in the physical sciences, presented by scientists active in research. We seek to educate, entertain, and inspire. We offer this program as a community service free to the participants; it is completely funded by Florida State University. Over the years, thousands of students of all ages have enjoyed this program, learning and benefiting from the opportunity to interact directly with working scientists.

The Fall 2019 schedule is now posted!

THE 19 October session is postponed in anticipation of tropical Storm Nestor

Fall 2019 Schedule

Except during the week of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), each of the sessions will be held in Room 101 (the large lecture hall) in the Richards Building Undergraduate Physics Laboratory on FSU's Campus (map here). All presentations will begin at 9:30 am and end between 11 am and 11:15 am. There will be a 20-minute intermission with free pastries and juice.  There are nearby road closures on Antarctic Way and Academic Way, so you may plan ahead.

10/5/2019 Astronomy in a Universe Filled with Light and Dark Matter

Explore the Universe from sub-atomic particles to black holes to clusters of galaxies, testing the extremes of natural laws.  A free FSU planetarium show is included.

Dr. Kevin Huffenberger

Dr. David Collins



Physics of Waves
Catch the wave with these spectacular demonstrations of the physics of waves.

Dr. Christianne Beekman  

Dr. Sean Dobbs

Dr. Hanwei Gao



Physics on the Web


The web is a fantastic place to explore physics - find out why and where. 

Dr. Vladimir Dobrosavljevic

Dr. Hitesh Changlani


Particle Physics: What Matter Is and How We Know

Learn of the discoveries that informed our understanding of the fundamental forces of nature, and what the future may hold!

Dr. Rachel Yohay

Dr. Kohsaku Tobioka


Forging Elements in Exploding Stars and in the Lab

Discover how exploding stars made us all, and how we study nuclear processes here on Earth.

Dr. Jeremiah Murphy

Dr. Sergio Almaraz-Calderon


The National MagLab and Strange Superconductors

Learn about magnet research and future applications in our society.

During this week, participants must go to the Magnet Lab at 1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive Tallahassee, FL 32310. ALL participants are required to have closed-toe shoes.

Due to space limitations, the Magnet Lab session will be split in two. Attendees arriving before 9:30 am will join the first session, while others will join a 10:30 am session.  Magnet Lab tours will also be organized.

Dr. Laura Greene  
11/16/2019 Physics of Sports

See demonstrations of physics principles applied to everyday sports.

Dr. David Lind

Dr. Paul Eugenio


Want more information?
Professor Kevin Huffenberger
Saturday Morning Physics Committee Chair
Physics Department
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4350
phone: 850.644.2868

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