Teaching Laboratories

We teach our introductory physics classes in a special format that combines laboratory, lecture, and problem solving together in the same session. For this "workshop physics," we have two custom-designed laboratory classroom spaces.

The amount of equipment and room design mean that no more than two students use an experimental station at one time and a maximum of 24 students can participate in an integrated lab-lecture session. The labs make teaching easier since professors can introduce a concept in lecture and then assist students as they immediately apply the newfound knowledge in lab.

Upper-level laboratories include computational physics, electronics, intermediate, and advanced labs. In these courses, students work on a range of laboratories using standard physics equipment from multimeters, to computing clusters, to lasers. These courses often contain student-designed projects where students can link their passions directly to the classroom.