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College and Career Day

Bryan Collegiate High School

David Toback

Texas A&M University

May 2014

David Toback, Texas A&M University

Research Topics Seminar


A little about me
A little about me…

  • I grew up on the south side of Chicago

  • Went to college at MIT and then to graduate school at the University of Chicago

  • I now work at Texas A&M University

    • Whoop!

  • I am a Professor of Physics and Astronomy which means I’m BOTH a Scientist AND a Teacher

David Toback, Texas A&M University

Bryan Intercollegiate


Today
Today

  • I asked you guys to send me the questions YOU wanted to know the answer to

  • They were AWESOME! Loved them!

  • What are we going to do today?

    • I made a set of (some of) the questions y’all asked

    • I included some others I was guessing you’d like to hear about

    • You will VOTE on which questions you want to hear about

    • We’ll answer them until we run out of time.

David Toback, Texas A&M University

Bryan Intercollegiate


1 questions you asked
1. Questions you asked…

  • What is a Quasar and how does it form? 

  • What kind of telescope would you recommend to observe nebulas and stars?

  • Will teleportation ever exist? and how would it be possible? 

  • Is it possible to stay alive long enough to really see a black hole? Would you die instantaneously? 

  • How does Hawking radiation escape a black hole if light cannot escape? 

  • How did physicists experimentally show quantum entanglement?

David Toback, Texas A&M University

Bryan Intercollegiate


2 more about my career
2. More about my career?

  • How did you decide where to apply to college?

  • How did you decide which college to go to?

  • How did I decide to be come a scientist?

  • How old was I when I knew I wanted to be a scientist?

  • What is my favorite part of being a scientist/teacher?

  • Do I like my job?

David Toback, Texas A&M University

Bryan Intercollegiate


3 how to select a college
3. How to select a college

  • Most people do what I call the “US News and World Report” Style

    • Decide what “Number you are”

    • Apply to bunch of schools based on location

      • ~3 above your number

      • ~3 around your number

      • ~3 blow your number

    • Go to the highest one you get into and/or can afford

  • I encourage something different:

    • Spend some real time figuring out what you want to be DOING 5 years from now, 10 years from now and 20 years from now

      • Don’t need to have figured it out, but you should spend some real time trying

    • Figure out what schools will be the most likely to help you get there

    • Apply to those, and go to the one that is the best fit for you

David Toback, Texas A&M University

Bryan Intercollegiate


4 others like ours
4: Others like ours?

  • Is there another planet like the Earth?

  • Are there other planets outside the solar system?

  • Is there another star like the Sun?

  • How many stars in the Milky Way?

  • How many galaxies are there?

David Toback, Texas A&M University

Bryan Intercollegiate


5 planets and other stuff
5: Planets and other stuff

  • Why isn’t Pluto a planet any more?

  • Is there life on other planets?

  • Will we travel to other planets soon?

  • Could we live on other planets?

  • Can we travel to other stars?

  • Can we travel to other galaxies?

David Toback, Texas A&M University

Bryan Intercollegiate


6 the sun
6: The Sun

  • How far away is the Sun?

  • How hot is the surface of the Sun?

  • How hot is the center of the Sun?

    • How cold is outer space?

  • How long will the Sun shine?

  • Will our Sun explode in a Supernova?

  • What WILL happen to our Sun?

David Toback, Texas A&M University

Bryan Intercollegiate


7 black holes
7: Black Holes

  • Are black holes real?

  • How close is the closest black holes?

  • Should I be worried?

  • How are black holes created?

  • Are there really Supermassive Black Holes?

  • What would happen if you fell into a black hole?

David Toback, Texas A&M University

Bryan Intercollegiate


8 aliens
8: Aliens

  • Do you believe in aliens?

  • What would happen if you met an alien?

  • Will we go to other planets to meet aliens?

  • Do you want to meet aliens?

David Toback, Texas A&M University

Bryan Intercollegiate


9 water in outer space
9: Water in outer space

  • Want to see what happens to water in outer space?

  • Check this out:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/04/21/177949605/a-wet-towel-in-space-is-not-like-a-wet-towel-on-earth

David Toback, Texas A&M University

Bryan Intercollegiate


That s it
That’s it

  • Enjoy your science classes!

  • Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions!

  • Look for answers on the internet

    • Find the answer on two different pages and see if they agree!

  • Email me if you have more questions

  • Join my Facebook page:

    • Learning-about-the-Big-Bang-and-Black-Holes-Without-the-Math

    • If you send me fun things you find, I’ll post them!

David Toback, Texas A&M University

Bryan Intercollegiate


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