Journal Entry – Nobel Prize
Due on Friday, October 14th, 2016 by 11:59 p.m.
1. should be at minimum 300 words total (more is OK and it's graded on thoughtfulness),
2. should answer ALL the questions,
3. must be turned in using Google Classroom.
Last week the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three people. They received this award for their physics research related to strange states of matter. These strange states of matter can have an effect on how materials conduct electricity, which may allow us to build improved electronics or computers.
Before you begin this assignment, it is helpful if you are familiar with a few terms. Please use Wikipedia to look up the following terms and obtain a basic understanding of them. (Just read the first couple of paragraphs.)
States of Matter
Now read the StarTribune article titled “Weird scinece: 3 win Nobel for unusual states of matter” that is available via Google Classroom or through this website:
Write me a reaction paper (at least 300 words typed, but no more than a page). What did you think of the article? Did you know there were more than three states of matter (solid, liquid, gas)? Do you think it is reasonable for us to want improved electronics and computers? Do you remember learning the word “quantum” in your chemistry class? What connections do you see between the article and what we are currently doing in class? Do you think cutting edge physics research has any impact on your life? You may also write about anything else that came to mind when reading the article.
If you want to learn a bit more about who has been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in the past and why, go to this website.