Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2018
Monday–Friday, March 5–9, 2018; Los Angeles, California
Session F02: Public Outreach and Physics History: Exploring physics topics beyond the lab.
11:15 AM–1:51 PM,
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
LACC Room: 150B
Sponsoring Unit: FOEP
Chair: Rebecca Thompson, American Physical Society APS
Abstract: F02.00011 : Visualizing the Physics of Nanotechnology Using 3D Animations
1:15 PM–1:27 PM
(Physics, Univ of California - Riverside)
Your science is cool, but making it seem that way to non-scientists can be daunting. One of the biggest hurdles in gaining the public's interest in physics is overcoming the specialists' means of communication – static diagrams and plots may clearly communicate a physicist's ideas to another physicist, but they aren’t going to grab attention from a wider audience. By looking to how mass media portrays physical phenomena in an abstract way, we can learn how to better reach a larger audience, and explore how to connect to a non-specialist viewer. In this talk, I’ll show that you can use powerful (and free!) 3D modeling software to animate your physics in a way that is stimulating and exciting to the viewer, yet also easy enough to generate by a graduate student in their spare time.
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