Zachary Radeka '14 is a physics major and
astrophysics minor from Williamsburg, Virginia. He participated in the
Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program during the summer
to learn more about the relationship between sound waves and sound pressure. In
the video, Radeka talks about the Rubens’ tube and his interest in physics.
Radeka used the Rubens' tube, sometimes known as a flame tube, which was invented
in 1905 by German Physicist Heinrich Rubens. Under the advisement of Physics Professor
George Spagna, Radeka studied flames shooting out the top of the tube at various
heights which represented acoustic waves.
Read more about Zachary Radeka's SURF project.
SURF was introduced in 1995 as an endowment to
support scholarly undergraduate research by students in all disciplines. Students
conduct 10 weeks of full-time, original research during the summer months, under
the guidance of a faculty mentor. The initial gift for the program was made by Benjamin
Schapiro '64 and his wife Peggy.