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Granular Materials/Fundamental Forces

In Podcast by Brian Koberlein3 Comments

Granular materials like wheat, sand, or snow behave in different ways than solids or liquids. Today we’re going to talk with Dr. Scott Franklin, a Professor of Physics at the Rochester Institute of Technology about this common, but interesting kind of material. In the second half, we’ll talk about the four fundamental forces of nature.

Host: Brian Koberlein
Guest: Scott Franklin
Producer: Mark Gillespie
Music: Marcus Warner

The One Universe at a Time Podcast is produced at the Rochester Institute of Technology with support from the RIT College of Science.


  1. I had a rather large, sliding glass door at my old house. Maybe 1.5m wide and 2m tall. I think someone closed it too hard and it shattered into tiny, centimeter-sized pieces but they stayed in place like that for years until my dad finally got around to replacing it. I always wondered why it didn’t fall apart. Sounds like it remained jammed despite being broken!

    1. And no, it wasn’t laminated. It just stayed there in its frame. It looked pretty cool, even if it was a tad dangerous. I know I made sure I never pressed or leaned against it!

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