ESP Biography



ADAM BURGASSER, UCSD Professor of Physics




Major: Physics

College/Employer: UCSD

Year of Graduation: 1996

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Adam Burgasser is a Professor in the Department of Physics at UC San Diego and an observational astrophysicist investigating the lowest mass stars, coldest brown dwarfs, and exoplanets. He was one of the discoverers of the Trappist-1 planetary system. Prof. Burgasser is also involved in Physics and Astronomy Education Research, and studies in particular art-based practices for physics learning and research.



Past Classes

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Movement for Physics in Splash Spring 2018
The language of physics is beautiful, elegant... and sometimes confusing, when it comes to its many complex concepts and mathematics. But physics is about motion, so why not use motion to understand physics? Each class will explore a movement-based practice to explore key physics concepts, such as what an electromagnetic field is and how photons make there way through the Sun through random walks. Deepen your understanding of physics with fun movement exercises!


Crazy Experiments: Waves, Sound, Optics in Splash Spring 2017
Do you want to watch and do fun science experiments? This is the class for you. Science experiments will include physics experiments relating to waves, sounds, and optics! No background in physics is necessary!


Crazy Experiments: Chemical Reactions and Thermodynamics in Splash Spring 2017
Do you want to watch and do fun science experiments? This is the class for you. Science experiments will include physics experiments relating to chemical reactions and thermodynamics! No background in chemistry or physics is necessary!


Crazy Experiments: Electricity, Magnetism, and Fluids in Splash Spring 2017
Do you want to watch and do fun science experiments? This is the class for you. Science experiments will include physics experiments relating to electricity, magnetism, and fluids! No background in physics is necessary!


Crazy Experiments: Momentum and Motion in Splash Spring 2017
Do you want to watch and do fun science experiments? This is the class for you. Science experiments will include physics experiments relating to momentum and motion including building your own rocket! No background in physics is necessary!


The Physics of Gymnastics - Strength and Stretch in Splash Spring 2016
Take physics into your own hands! Join us for an interactive lesson on how the basic principles of physics dictate the motion of our bodies. Be ready to spin, balance, jump, stretch, and climb. Please wear comfortable clothing you can move around in and bring a water bottle. We will use the events around the gym to learn about how when we stretch and condition we must take into consideration balance, torque, spring force, moment of inertia, friction and normal force, and levers.