Physics Colloquium: Chris LaSota, Department of Physics, Gonzaga University

Monday, October 17 2011 at 4:00 PM

Location: Engineering-Physics 209

The Physics Colloquium features a presentation by Chris LaSota, Gonzaga University physics department, on Monday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. LaSota's presentation, titled "An Investigation of Tangling Behavior", takes place in the Engineering-Physics Building Room 209.

According to LaSota, "We’ve all experienced the frustration associated with horribly tangled systems, such as computer cables, holiday lights, hair, clothes hangers, and fish hooks. But why is it that some things get tangled, but others do not? A number of factors such as friction, geometry, rigidity, and adhesion play a role in keeping a tangled jumble of components from coming apart when shaken or placed under tension. In an effort to develop some understanding of tangling behavior, my students and I conducted an investigation of tangling behavior in a very simple system of gapped metal rings. This talk will describe our experiments and will present our somewhat surprising findings."