New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Concerning the Expansion of the Universe

Team: 16

School: Centennial High

Area of Science: Astrophysics

Interim: Our project at this moment in time requires more guidance. We have failed to accurately pinpoint the topic of our research and are also in need of a mentor. Our proposal began as a research experiment that was based on determining the expansive rate of the universe. We planned on using redshift data to determine the answer however we have now come to discover that we have “bit off more than we could chew” so to speak. At this point the questions concerning the expansion of the universe have all been answered by theoretical and astrophysicists and the questions that have not been answered haven’t been answered for a reason because even the greatest in the astrophysics field can’t solve them. My partner and I know for certain that we would like a problem that concerns astrophysics but we are having trouble finding any at all. Our teacher recommended using stellar nucleosynthesis as one of our research points but once again we ran into the problem of not being able to shorten our question into a concise and straightforward project. Our teacher then recommended that we still make a project concerning astrophysics but on a much smaller scale. The topics she suggested had to do with modeling the creation of our solar system or of various celestial objects in our solar system like the moon. So at the moment we still need a response from one of the mentors in our area so that they may offer us various astrophysical topics that actually will be plausible to solve and model computationally.

Team Members:

  Bryce Austin
  Devon Miller

Sponsoring Teacher: Melody Hagaman

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