Splash Biography

TRISTAN WEAVER, Math and Astronomy Nerd!

Major: Physics/Mathematics

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi! I'm Tristan, and I like space. I also like teaching. Above all, I like teaching about space!

I grew up in Irvine, CA, and I would often visit the UCI observatory for visitor nights. I also attended an astronomy program there when I was in high school, which was my first time doing science! I also did an astronomy program here at Yale, which is where I discovered Yale. Also, while in high school, I got to teach martial arts, where I learned that I loved teaching just as much as learning.

Since then, I have been fortunate enough to have a bunch of opportunities to do astronomy and to teach, including last summer when I taught at the same Yale program I had attended. I think space is super awesome, and I hope that I can convince you how great it is, too!.

Past Classes

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S4396: The Grandest Scales: Connecting Astronomy with Particle Physics in Splash Spring 2021 (Apr. 24, 2021)
The largest and smallest scales of the universe aren't as separated as you might think. Particles smaller than a grain of sand set the stage for the universe in its fiery beginnings, and forces spanning galaxies have governed its evolution ever since. Black holes are born because of the Pauli Exclusion Principle and die because of particles that live for nanoseconds. In this session, we will discuss many connections between particle physics and astronomy, including Hawking radiation, the cosmic microwave background, and the search for dark matter. Grab your microscopes and your telescopes as you join us in exploring the connections between the cosmic and the microscopic!

S4403: Relativity: From 0 to Lightspeed in One Hour! in Splash Spring 2021 (Apr. 24, 2021)
Albert Einstein is known as one of the greatest scientists of all time - and for good reason! In this section, we will talk about what relativity is, working our way from its beginnings with Galileo way back in 1632 to modern research in black holes and the fate of the Universe! On the way, we'll talk about how you can stay young for millions of years and develop intuition for the most famous equation in physics: $$E=mc^2$$. Get ready to hop on a rocketship and blast through the cosmos, this is going to be a fast (but still less than $$c$$) and wild ride!