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Other I need recommendations for an interesting Senior Project.

  1. Feb 4, 2017 #1
    I'm currently a junior in high school, and I'm really interested in physics, especially particle physics and quantum mechanics. At my school, everybody needs to do a big senior project to graduate, involving multiple papers and about 30 hours of work, usually to build something or organize a community event. Most people end up restoring an old car or something similar, but I would really like to tie in my interest in theoretical physics. I still have another 6 months before I need to know exactly what I'm going to do. Does anyone have any recommendations for a long term project involving these areas of physics? My first thought was to build a small particle accelerator, but I don't have any experience working with electricity, so I'd probably accidentally fry myself from the high voltage. Other ideas?
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  3. Feb 4, 2017 #2
    Are you good with programming?
  4. Feb 4, 2017 #3
    I'm no expert, I know python pretty well, and I'm starting to learn Java. I'll be taking AP Computer Science next year so I should be a lot more well-versed with Java by the time I'm actually working on the project.
  5. Feb 4, 2017 #4
    Well, you could write some kind of simulation. Like simulate a solar system, a chaotic double pendulum, etc.
  6. Feb 4, 2017 #5
    That's actually a pretty good idea. I might be able to tie that into particle physics by simulating some basic interactions. I'll definitely consider that as an option, thanks!
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