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Tualatin High School senior creates shortcut to a complex physics formula

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During class, Tualatin High School senior Ashley Slater grew frustrated at a physics question. She said she's studying the Doppler Effect and to solve the question requires many steps.

"I have other stuff to do," Slater said. "I don't have a half hour to spend on one problem."

Slater thought there must be a more simple way to solve the problem and came up with a tool, a mnemonic device, to make the problem foolproof.

"There's no reason things should be wrong anymore," said Slater.

Slater explained her idea in a video and submitted it to Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a yearly global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science. Slater is currently in the top 30 out of 2,500 students in the competition.

Her mom, Kelly Slater, said she is over beyond proud and impressed for her daughter.

In her video, Slater's physics teacher Chris Murray said he is teaching other students using Slater’s technique.

"The interesting thing was there's some kids in the class who didn't understand it until she explained it to them," Murray said. "So I think this is something that can help kids anywhere in the world."

The deadline for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge is Nov. 9 and the winner wins a $250,000 scholarship and a science lab for their school. To vote for Slater or other competitors, people can find the video on Breakthrough's Facebook page to "like" and share it.

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