Prize for the winner of the 2016/17 Physics Challenge

The School of Mathematics and Physics are delighted to present Mason Parker with a £100 Amazon voucher as his prize for winning the School’s annual Physics Challenge. A deserving winner, Mason calculated how long it would take the Brayford Pool to freeze over, derived the equations of motion of a chaotic pendulum, discussed the physics of stained glass windows and performed an experiment to investigate an ancient time-keeping method!


Head of School Prof Andrei Zvelindovsky presents Mason with his certificate.

The chairman of the competition committee Dr Matthew Booth was very impressed with Mason’s entry, commenting that the submission would receive a first class award if it were a first year undergraduate assignment.

Mason is an A level student from New College in Pontefract, Yorkshire. He studies maths, further maths and chemistry alongside physics. The award ceremony was performed before the School’s first annual Robert Grosseteste Lecture in Cosmology, given by Prof. Peter Coles from Cardiff University on the 27th February 2017.


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