1st Place - Making Waves, Zachary Nicolaou

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Real-world physical systems can often exhibit beautiful and intricate patterns, such as zebra stripes, sand dune ripples, or cloud formations. This image shows water in a petri dish that is placed on a vertically vibrating surface. When the vibrations are strong enough, patterns of waves form on the surface of the water.

A square pattern of waves is visible in this image, which is surprising given the circular shape of the dish. We have only recently made progress predicting these patterns with the aid of modern computers and advanced mathematics. Application of this finding will help us understand and control natural and engineered systems.

Zachary Nicolaou

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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