Los Alamos Middle School student Cole Kendrick captured the top prize in the 21st New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory. For his research project, “Computer Simulation of Dark Matter Effects on Galaxy Rotation,” Kendrick developed a computer program to model the rotation of a galaxy including dark matter in an attempt to answer these questions:
• How does dark matter affect rotational curves in galaxies?
• How accurately this effect can be modeled?
• What happens when the dark matter and galaxy masses are changed?
• How well would this method work for different galaxies?
Kendrick received a check for $1,000.