Phelma strong in French Physics Society tournament

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Published : 3 April 2017

A team of undergraduate and graduate students from Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school attempted to solve a unique problem at the French Physicists’ Tournament in February. Can the height of a kernel of popcorn’s “jump” be determined from the sound of the “pop?” The tournament, run by the French Physics Society, pits nine teams of students against one another in a “Physics Fight” debate in English. The teams take turns presenting their results, challenging their competitors’ results, and moderating the debate.

A team of eight Phelma students and two of their professors had worked on the project two half-days a week since September, preparing their arguments (from theoretical knowledge to lab experiments and numerical simulation) and brushing up on their public speaking skills in English.


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