This morning, I broke the trend of the past two days and slept in until 7:15. I was glad for the extra hour of sleep, but I discovered that I’m much better at getting out of bed with my alarm clock when I know I have to train, not just go to breakfast. Oh, the love-hate relationship going on with my snooze button… Breakfast is getting a little tedious, but I think I’ll manage to survive the food here. I’m used to eating the same thing over and over again, because during the school year all I eat in the morning is oatmeal, but it’s somehow it feels different at home.
Today’s lecture was on another mind-blowing concept of modern physics–quantum mechanics. Apparently, light has all kinds of identity problems. We already learned that light is a wave, but that the light waves are made up of particles called photons. Today we learned that depending on how you view photons, they behave like particles or waves. I was very confused, but Bill and Ryan reassured us that that was okay; most physicists are confused too. Bill also gave us a quick tutorial about experimental uncertainty, and then explained our afternoon lab. Our assignment was to determine Planck’s constant by finding the energy and frequency of LED light waves.
|Ryan shows us the intensity of light waves from an incandescent bulb|
Thus far, I had been trying to steer clear of ethnic foods, but tonight I finally visited the taqueria station and ordered chicken and rice. Of all the food that I miss from home, rice is probably the thing I miss the most. I usually eat rice every night, and it’s been really strange not having any. I think when I go to college I’ll follow my dad’s example and make huge batches of fried rice that will last for weeks.
As a little break from routine, there was an ice cream social tonight. It was a great opportunity to meet new people, and of course, it’s hard to turn down free ice cream. To justify consuming all that fat and sugar, Ivette, Chloe, Alysa, and I went to the gym for a workout. With friends who are as enthusiastic about exercise as I am, keeping in shape over the summer is going to be less difficult than I thought it would be.