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NICHOLAS RUI, Graduate student in physics

Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Caltech

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a graduate student in physics at Caltech, with a special interest in stars; stellar physics and star cluster dynamics. In the past, I have also worked in observational astronomy and atomic, molecular, and optical physics.

Past Classes

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S885: Five Paths through Physics in Rainstorm Winter 2022 (Jan. 29 - 30, 2022)
When you hear “physics,” you might think of a class taught in high school, or as headlines about detecting gravitational waves or photographing a black hole. However, the road from first experiencing physics to active research is often confusing, and it looks very different for each person. In this seminar-style class, five early-career physicists describe their journeys to physics, and their exciting study of stars, atoms, materials, plasmas, and quantum gravity. The class will conclude with a question-and-answer session where students can ask about science, career paths, life in physics, or anything else.

S822: Apples to Orbits in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14 - 15, 2021)
What is gravity? Beneath the black holes, planetary orbits, and falling apples lies general relativity, a revolutionary theory which reveals fundamental truths about the nature of space, time, and matter. Despite the deep mathematics underlying the theory, the principles governing it can be understood in simple, albeit counterintuitive terms. We introduce general relativity through a discussion of the geometry of spacetime and how it interacts with matter and energy. The presentation is meant to be accessible and, as such, requires no physics prerequisites.

X665: The Art of Guessing in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
How many pigeons are there in New York City? How many stars are there in the sky? Learn to cunningly guess your way out of such conundrums with surprising accuracy, and discover the secrets to tackling Fermi questions. Fermi questions are order-of-magnitude puzzles that span a variety of topics from economics to engineering, atoms to astrophysics, and pop artists to pop-tarts. While they seem impossible at a glance to solve without Google, answering them with precision is an art easily learned. We hope to see you in class!