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CWSF 2005 - Vancouver, British Columbia

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Peter Forsyth

The Attraction of Repulsion
Division:Physical & Mathematical Sciences
City:Waterloo, ON
School:St. Johns-Kilmarnock
Abstract:Thompson’s Problem is the problem of distributing N identical point charges on the surface of a sphere so that total Coulomb electric energy is minimized. An original program was written in Java to find solutions to Thompson’s Problem and a number of novel methods were used to analyze these solutions.

Awards Value
Canadian Mathematical Society Award
Sponsor: Canadian Mathematical Society
$1 000.00
CAP Physics Prize
Sponsor: Canadian Association of Physicists
$1 000.00
CAP/TRIUMF World Year of Physics Award
Sponsor: Canadian Association of Physicists
$1 200.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$4 000.00
The University of Western Ontario Scholarship
Gold Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Western Ontario
$2 000.00
Gold Medal - Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Sponsor: Encana Corporation
$1 500.00
Total$10 700.00