Physics Pop Talk: “Rainbows, skies and clouds – why do things look the way they are?”
On 31st August, Cedar College’s Student Activities Department, in collaboration with Juno Circle and CoRDS, organized a guest speaker session focusing on the classical physics and the explanation of certain natural phenomena.
The speaker of the event was Arsalan Adil, a Physics PhD candidate in Cosmology at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). He graduated in 2018 from the University of Richmond with a double major in Physics and a Mathematics as a Richmond Science Scholar.
The session opened up with a discussion about optics and how rainbows are formed when refraction occurs at specific angles inside a raindrop. Other interesting topics were also discussed, including how the sky achieves its blue color, the relations between various variables regarding optical physics and a brief section on cosmology. The lecture was followed by a questions session where the audience addressed concepts discussed and inquired about the speaker’s experience as a physics major.