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Random walks in the park

When this year’s Perimeter Scholars International students were tasked with finding interesting physics in Waterloo Park, three students opted to cast a wider net.

Rather than exploring some of the phenomena in the park next door to Perimeter Institute — the light dancing on the lake, the wind moving through the trees — Katie Latimer, Mohamed Hibat Allah, and Matija Medvidović decided to put “random walk” models to a literal test.

As they explain in the video, random walk models aren’t just useful for working out how to get back to their apartments. They apply in a wide number of scenarios, from finance to biology.

 

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Perimeter Scholars International is a one-year Masters level course in theoretical physics. Students will be taught by some of the world’s top physicists at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario. For more information, visit http://perimeterscholars.org/

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