Family Fridays at MoMath
Presented by Two Sigma

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“Dazzling Diffraction Patterns”

featuring Sarah Goodman

Friday, May 31
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

(in person)

What do you do when something is too small to see with the naked eye?  Too small to see with a magnifying glass, or even a microscope?  How do we know what the structure of matter looks like at the tiniest length scales — how atoms arrange themselves in crystals, or what biological molecules look like?  Join Sarah Goodman, teaching professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, to explore how diffraction is used to reveal hidden structures in nature and in everyday objects.  We will use laser pointers to create our own dazzling diffraction patterns as we make our way towards understanding how we can use a diffraction pattern to uncover nature’s smallest secrets.

Family Fridays is designed to bring family members of all ages together to enjoy a diverse array of engaging mathematical activities, promoting interest and enthusiasm among kids and adults alike.

Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees.


Here’s what participants have to say:

“I was very impressed at how such a program could be presented that truly worked for all ages!  I, at 68, was as fascinated as the kids.  It was fun watching them grabbing what they could and happily keeping up with the activities.”

“Super excellent for all ages — one of best programs ever (not just Family Fridays — all programs everywhere!)”

“Wow!  It’s the first time we are attending Family Friday series.  We are so impressed!  You guys are amazing!  Thank you!”