Look at a potted plant. Or the table where it sits. Or the floor beneath the table. Are they moving or perfectly still? Don’t trust your eyes. Trust physics. They are moving. Even the most rigid of solid objects are comprised of atoms that are in constant motion. Accompanied by exciting demonstrations, Matthew Zacate will guide you through the effects and properties of the ever-wobbling atom – and the influences of atomic vibrations on cutting-edge technology.
Matthew Zacate, associate professor of physics
Department of Physics and Geology
Dr. Zacate teaches at all levels of the physics curriculum at NKU. He uses experimental and computational methods to study atomic-scale defects and atomic motion in solids. In addition to being an active teacher and researcher, Dr. Zacate enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for physics outside the university. Most notably, he was the co-founder and main presenter of the Norse Physics Tour de Force, a traveling physics demonstration show that was performed at more than 30 schools in northern Kentucky between 2005 and 2007. Dr. Zacate will draw upon all these aspects of his work for a visually rich, introductory lecture about how atomic motion can affect properties of materials.
When & Where
Six@Six Lecture Series
Six@Six is a community lectures series sponsored by Northern Kentucky University’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. Think of this as your chance to go to college, minus the tuition, the morning classes and the pressure of grades.
The season will start with an evaluation of the Constitution and the Emancipation Proclamation and end with a look into the dark side of the life of Machiavelli. In between, you’ll learn about the evolution of wire service photography, the effects of consuming energy cocktails, wobbly atoms, and the truth behind police drama forensic science.
Six@Six is hosted by three of our region’s finest arts and cultural institutions: The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Behringer-Crawford Museum and The Mercantile Library. This year for the first time a lecture will be held in Northern Kentucky University’s new state-of-the-art Digitorium in Griffin Hall. The lectures begin this fall and stretch into next spring. The six lectures each start at 6 p.m. and cost $6 (buy a season pass for $30; students are free.)