The 11th
season of School of Young physicists is over. Another year full of interesting
physics and fun experiments. In the second half of the season, we had sessions,
in which we learned about computer modeling, and how we use math, programming
and physics to simulate the reality on the amazing computers. The second one
was about units, we explored the SI unit system and the bizarre world of
natural units, where we say that the speed of light is equal to the Planck’s
constant and both are equal to 1. In the third session we explored the world of
biophysics and how physics can explain the deep blue of the morpho butterflies
wings, we also looked at the interesting problem of protein folding, and why
solving this problem is so important for the future medicine. Then followed the
session on energy, where we looked at the types of energy and how they
transform into one another, and untangled Albert Einstein’s famous equation E =
mc^{2} and the bizarre outcomes it predicts. And we ended on the
Standard model of particle physics. We explored the road of a proton in the
particle accelerators from the hydrogen atom to the collisions that helped us
discover the Higgs Boson particle. Besides that, we looked at symmetries and
why they are so important in theoretical physics and of course dug deep into
the Standard model to try to understand what it is.

As I said I
would keep you updated on our survey of sin and cosine, I can now officially
say to cosine is the superior
trigonometric function, as our Q&A session guests have voted in favor of it
in 8 to 1.

This has
been another great year of physics, and we are looking forward to the what the
next season of SYP will bring.