Measuring the Elusive ‘Big G’

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Stefan Ballmer, associate professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and collaborators from two other universities received a three-year, $600,000 National Science Foundation grant, $120,000 of which is coming to Syracuse. The grant aims to nail down the highly important, but imprecisely known gravitational constant. By building a carefully designed pendulum, Ballmer and collaborators hope to reduce the uncertainty in measurements of gravity, or “big G.” Under-represented Hispanic and Latino students will also participate in the efforts to improve our understanding of the universe. [read on]

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