Staying Entertained with Physics!

LLNL Scientist: Leland Ellison, Computational Physicist

Duration: 11 minutes, 28 seconds

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand the main responsibilities of a professional computational physicist at LLNL
  2. To understand how different physical properties of uncooked vs. hard boiled eggs affect their movement
  3. To understand the crystallization process of water when brought just below its freezing point

Key Terminology:
Mass, supercooling, crystallization

Relevant NGSS Standards:
High School: HS-PS1 Matter and its Interactions

Middle School: MS-PS1 Matter and its Interactions

Potential Follow-up Questions:

  1. What coursework should students pursue if interested in computational physics?
  2. What does the National Ignition Facility do?
  3. What physically happens to the egg yolk during the hard-boiling process?

Staying Entertained with Physics!