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Undergraduate Physics Labs
The Department of Physics and Astronomy believes in giving its students a generously wide variety of different introductory laboratory experiences. Physics and astrophysics majors perform more than forty different hands-on experiments in the laboratory in the first two years of their program.
Students gain experience with a broad range of laboratory equipment.
Our experiments give students practical experience in a variety of fundamental physics topics.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy has developed a range of lecture demonstrations to correspond with the development of new lectures as well as to bring new approaches to instructing well-established courses.
The refraction tank is a glass tank with a light source which shines light at various different angles. When the tank is filled with water, some rays of light will pass through the surface of the water and others will be internally reflected. This demonstrates how all incident rays past the critical angle will be internally reflected.
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