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ESPC 2013 - Lethbridge (Alberta)

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My name is Connor MacLean; I am a gr.8 student and the treasurer at Algonquin Rd Public School in Sudbury Ontario. I decided to do this project when I read about Kepler16-b (the first planet found orbiting a binary star system). I wanted to see how it was possible for a planet to be in a stable orbit around two stars, so I decided to use a gravity well to simulate this. My inspiration for the “Using a Gravity Well as a Simulation” project series came from my Gr.6 heritage fair project on SNOLAB. In that project I learned about neutrinos, dark matter and other scientific theories and concepts that fuelled my interest in physics and space, confirming that I want to be a theoretical Physicist when I grow up. In my free time I like playing sports such as hockey, baseball, basketball, and volleyball. I also enjoy playing guitar and plan to volunteer at Science North (located in Sudbury) in the summer. At school my favorite subjects are Math and Science, I also make sure to take advantage of all the Math, Science and engineering competitions and opportunities such as Math-Science Olympics and Math trivia competitions.

Connor MacLean

Using a Gravity Well As A Simulation 2.0: Planets Orbiting a Binary Star System
Ville:Sudbury, ON
École:Algonquin Road P.S.
Sommaire:For this project a gravity well was constructed to simulate a binary star system to determine how it is possible for a planet to be in a stable orbit around two stars. I also wanted to determine the mass of the binary stars using the orbital time and path of the planet. Finally I wanted to examine the relationship between Kepler’s laws and circumbinary planets.

Prix Valeur
Prix d’excellence en astronomie
Sponsor: La Société royale d'astronomie du Canada
500,00 $
Prix de La Fondation actuarielle du Canada
500,00 $
Prix d'excellence - Junior
Médaille de bronze
Sponsor: Sciences jeunesse Canada
100,00 $
Bourse d’études de Western University
Médaillé de bronze - Bourse d'admission de 1 000 $
Sponsor: Université Western
1 000,00 $
Total2 100,00 $