NOVA Honors Symposium

Hello Bright NOVA Students!

Have you been working on an academic project and you are ready to share your results? Or, perhaps, you would like to gain experience in presenting your work at conferences. Here is an opportunity for you to showcase your research, hone your presenting skills, or simply come and see what your fellow bright students have been doing.

NOVA’s Honors Program is holding its Spring 2018 Honors Symposium on Mar. 24, 2018 on the Annandale campus.  You do not need to be placed in the Honors Program to present. For more details, check with the Event Calendar.

Guidelines for submission of proposals

Honors Symposium Proposal Submission and Registration

Deadline for submission of proposals is Tuesday, Mar. 20, 11:59 pm.  You will be notified via email if your proposal has been accepted by Wednesday, Mar. 21.

The Symposium itself will be held on Friday, Mar. 24, 12-3 on the Annandale campus. The details with the room numbers will be emailed later to the registrants.

Guidelines for presentations

All presentations should be 10-12 minutes long.  There will be 1-2 minutes time for questions. Other people’s work should be marked clearly as such and proper citations should be included.

All presentations will be evaluated for the following components included in this Symposium Rubric 2018.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, feel free to contact me.

T. Stantcheva, PhD
Professor of Physics
Alexandria Campus Honors Chair

 

Spring 2018 Courses and Syllabi

Spring 2018

Phy 101 – Estefania Coluccio Leskow

Phy 130 – John Pavco

Phy 150 – Cathy Bunge

Phy 201 – Walter Wimbush

Phy 201 – Jifi Shojan

Phy 202 – Walter Wimbush

Phy 202 – Estefania Coluccio Leskow – Schedule

Phy 231 – Alejandro de la Puente

Phy 231 – Catherine Rastovski

Phy 231 – Branislav Djordjevic

Phy 232 – Walter Wimbush

Phy 232 – Tatiana StantchevaGradingSchedule

Phy 232 – Sugata Chowdhury

Solar Eclipse Is Coming To Alexandria!

Hello Alexandria folks!

Are you planning to be outside Monday afternoon on August 21st? Don’t miss the Great American Eclipse of 2017. You might have to wait quite a long time before you get another chance. Check out here to see when is the next time you can see an eclipse in North America.

It has been indeed a long time since a full eclipse swept across the entire United States.  And now, we are right smack in the middle of it. Well, somewhat in the middle of it! It actually misses us by 400 miles. If you want to get the full experience, you will have to drive down all the way to South Carolina. For the rest of us who remain here for the first day of fall classes, the eclipse will be only partial.

What, When, Where

According to the United States Naval Observatory, we get to enjoy a partial eclipse of 81% here at Alexandria on Monday, August 21. It begins at 1:17 pm and it ends at 4:01 pm. The maximum will occur between 2:41 and 2:43 pm. Here is a short  simulation that gives an idea of what to expect.

The How Of It

Remember: do NOT  look directly at the Sun without proper protective eyeware. Unfortunately, all safety shades have been sold out everywhere for at least a week (and yes, that includes even online vendors).  The good news is that you can still enjoy the eclipse even without shades.

Just bring two sheets of opaque cardboard paper with you and get ready to look down at the ground rather than up in the sky. Place the first sheet on the ground, that will be your screen on which you will be viewing the eclipse. Make a small round tiny hole (with a needle, pushpin, etc.) on the second piece paper, hold it above the first paper and project the solar eclipse through the hole. Here is a nice detailed explanation of how to do it.

A Bit Of Science

 

So, how exactly do solar eclipses occur? In short, it happens because of an interesting coincidence.  Even though the Moon is about 400 smaller in diameter than the Sun, it is actually 400 times closer to the Earth than the Sun. So, on Earth both bodies appear to have the same size. When the Moon crosses in front of the Sun during its motion, it blocks it from view.  You can read more about the conditions in this easy-to-read popular article describing why we get solar eclipses.

See For Yourself

A solar eclipse is not only an astronomical phenomenon. There are plenty of exciting things happening on the ground, as well. The day darkens. If the eclipse is close to full, you might even see stars in the sky. The temperature drops. The birds change their chirping.  If you are next to trees, you can see tiny little crescents appear on the ground:  the pinhole images produced by holes in the leaves.  In short, there will be plenty to see during the eclipse.  And, if you want to help NASA, contribute your eclipse observations through the Globe Observer app.