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Faraday Lecture Sponsors
The Faraday Lecture is sponsored by the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP). Funding for the Faraday Lecture comes from Pittcon, a yearly conference and exposition serving the broad field of laboratory science.
The SACP and SSP are non-profit organizations dedicated to furthering science education in the Western Pennsylvania region.
- ferromagnetic materials
- paramagnetic materials
- magnetic fluids
- electromagnets made from wire coils & ordinary batteries (electromagnet tug-of-war)
- magnetic induction for levitation, braking, and acceleration
- how an audio speaker works
- transverse waves and compression waves
- wavelength, frequency, amplitude, & nodes
- large scale standing wave generator
- singing rods and resonating tubes
- Chladni plates – two-dimensional standing waves
Magnetism and Electromagnetism
Permanent magnets (neodymium rare earth magnets) and the magnetism of
Resonance and standing waves
Various effects involving standing compression waves, flames, audio speakers, music, & more. The focal point will be a 4” diameter, 10’ long Rubens tube.
Colin grew up in Washington, PA. Like his parents, he was curious about how things worked from a young age and developed an interest in science during middle and high school. After graduating from Washington High School, he attended Brown University and majored in chemistry. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley where his research focuses on molecular magnetism. Colin enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for science through teaching and hopes to pursue it as a career.
Professor Gregg Gould
Prof. Gould grew up in upstate New York where his interest in science and his general curiosity about how things work were strongly supported by his parents. He particularly enjoyed science and math classes in primary and secondary school. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Colgate University and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he worked for three years as a defense contract researcher in Los Angeles. He then accepted a faculty position in the Chemistry and Physics Department at California University of Pennsylvania. Now in his 28th year as a professor, he continues to be absolutely fascinated by the science of how things work and always enjoys sharing this fascination with others.