Physics upperclassmen Meredith Mc Linn (junior), Pragalv Karki (senior) and Shouvik Bhattacharya (senior) participated in the University Physics Competition 2012. They modeled how masses of the exoplanets affect volcanic activity over time. They used principles of Thermodynamics and Planetary Sciences to solve this problem. Dr. Juan Cabanela served as the adviser of the team. The team was sponsored by the Society of Physics Students (SPS) at the MSUM chapter.

“The University Physics Competition is an international contest for undergraduate students, who work in teams of three at their home colleges and universities all over the world, and spend a weekend in November, 48 hours, analyzing a real-world scenario using the principles of physics, and writing a formal paper describing their work.”

The MSUM team ended up as an accomplished competitor last year, where they modeled how much fuel is required to send a payload at the lower earth orbit. The University Physics Competition is sponsored by the American Physical Society (APS) and American Astronomical Society (AAS).