ESP Biography


Major: Applied & Engineering Physics

College/Employer: Cornell

Year of Graduation: 2016

Picture of Ian Briggs

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Past Classes

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Intro to Rocket Science & Orbital Mechanics with Kerbal Space Program in Splash Fall 2015
Yes, ok, it is rocket science. But it's not as impossible as you might think. Kerbal Space Program is a game where players can manage their very own space program by building and launching spacecraft. It definitely won’t hold your hand, but there is a lot you can learn about the game through trial and error. Some things that you will learn how to do include building and launching a basic rocket, getting into orbit, rendezvousing with other vehicles, and perhaps some other more advanced concepts of the game. At the end of the day, it’s learning about rocket science while playing a video game. What’s not to like?

Imaginary Numbers: An Introduction in Splash Spring 2015
What are imaginary numbers? At first glance, the existence of imaginary numbers sounds ludicrous. When talking about mathematics and its applications, it seems redundant to specify that we always deal with "real" numbers. However, as we delve into more advanced mathematics, this point of view becomes less obvious, and actually seems somewhat limiting. In this class, I will justify the existence of imaginary numbers, identify their basic properties, and show some common applications of imaginary numbers in various STEM fields.