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Yang Li

Summer School

Class of 2013


Yang Li is an undergraduate majoring in Physics at Ohio State University. He will be a junior this fall.

He enjoys his major. Approximating complex scenarios in a physicist’s way always interests him. Solving physics problems with a computer is something he recently learned. For the last year, he has been using Mathematica in his classical mechanics labs. Yang was excited to achieve both the answers and some 3D models during those lab sessions.

Yang is also fascinated by astronomy. He would love to learn more about the universe and to see models of galaxies, stars, or our solar system created on a computer.

Other than doing school work, he enjoys hiking and watching movies.

Project: Fermi-Pasta-Ulam Problem in Mathematica

Fermi-Pasta-Ulam (FPU) systems are constituted by masses that can only move in one dimension coupled by harmonic springs. The project involves simulating FPU system behavior and investigating space-time evolution of the masses under different initial conditions. These masses often undergo random movements at first, and then fall into regular modes, so the space-time evolution plots are expected to have similar patterns as certain cellular automata.

Favorite Four-Color, Four State Turing Machine

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