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Department of Physics

Student Learning Materials 

Bell and Garfield

Hands-on activities related to Alexander Graham Bell's attempt to use electromagnetism to find a bullet lodged in President Garfield.


Hands-on activities on the optics of the eye. Includes discussions and activities for simple animal eyes as well as human vision.

Wavefront Abberometry

Builds on the vision activity to present some physics related to this relatively new way of diagnosing vision defeces.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Uses an award winning apparatus as analogy for resonance of protons.

Positron Emission Tomography

Hands-on activities using analogs and interactive computer program to discuss basic physics of PET.

Supported by a National Science Foundation Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars Grant DUE 04-27645