What is spacetime, and how does it hold the universe together?
Spacetime is the mysterious way physicists model the fabric of the universe, but what is it and how do we know it exists? In this talk, Dr. Wendi Wampler will introduce the concept of spacetime, discuss its role in Einstein's general theory of relativity, and outline the recent evidence of its existence through the observations of gravitational waves made at LIGO.
Dr. Wendi Wampler is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Engineering at Central Oregon Community College. She graduated from Purdue with a degree in chemical engineering in 2004. Dr. Wampler returned to Purdue to get her bachelors and then doctorate in physics, with a focus in both astrophysics and physics education in 2013. Since then, she has been teaching algebra and calculus-based physics courses at the community college level, where she enjoys the instructional freedom, small class sizes, and working with non-traditional students.