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Physics Courses

Physics offers a wide variety of courses

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Information about Labs

Introductory Labs

Introductory labs complement Physics 197/198 and 211/212. The labs comprise individual experiments describing general physics principles covering a range of topics including mechanics, light and optics, and electricity. Many of the experiments are designed to improve understanding the physics of everyday life, such as bicycles, baseball, and speakers.

The lab sessions are monitored by graduate students and staff. Typically the instructor briefs the students on the details of the experiment for the day's session and then breaks the group up into teams, assisting as necessary.

Advanced Labs

The upper-level laboratory courses are Optics & Wave Physics (Phys 316), Electronics Lab (Phys 321), Physical Measurements Lab (Phys 322), and Biophysics Lab (Phys 360). 

The optics course introduces ray and wave optics. The electronics lab aims to make students capable of using electronic circuitry and instruments. Biophysics lab introduces students to biological model systems. Physical measurements lab presents classic physics experiments and cutting-edge technology. In this lab, students rediscover atomic energy levels in the Franck-Hertz experiment, measure the universal gravitational constant G in the classical Cavendish experiment, determine the local gravitational constant g and follow Einstein's technique of the quantization of light. Students discover the successes and failures of science by building and refining each experiment. 

Physics 582 Seminar

Students are introduced to current developments in physics and research carried out by faculty within the department.

Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Crow 204

Fall 2018


9/11/2018
Ralf Wessel: Neurophysics

9/18/2018
Kater Murch: Exploring quantum measurement at microwave frequencies with superconducting circuits

9/25/2018
Mikhail Tikhonov: Theoretical physics of ecology and evolution

10/2/2018
Erik Henriksen: Graphene and the search for quantum spin liquids and topological quantum systems

10/9/2018
Jonathan Katz: Fast Radio Bursts

10/16/2018
Fall Break

10/23/2018
Mark Alford: When neutron stars collide

10/30/2018
Li Yang: TBA

11/6/2018
Ryan Ogliore: Water in the Early Solar System

11/13/2018
Ken Kelton: TBA

11/20/2018
Shankar Mukherji: Statistical physics of organelle biogenesis 

11/27/2018
Ramanath Cowsik: Einstein's Equivalence Principle - Experimental tests and implications

12/4/2018
Willem Dickhoff: What do nucleons do in rare isotopes?

Julia Cohen

"College was my chance to eagerly explore my interest in science. The physics department reinforced my passion for physics, allowing for a broad survey of its many subfields, most of which were previously completely foreign to me."

―Julia CohenB.A., 2019