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Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Departmental Colloquium - Undergraduate Physics Labs: Who needs them?

Martin Williams,
University of Guelph

November 27th, 2015
1:30 p.m. in Theatre A

Abstract:

Instructional labs are a major part of the undergraduate physics curriculum. Typically, they involve substantial financial, instructional and infrastructural resources. Do conventional labs contribute significantly to curriculum learning goals, and is this the most effective use of limited resources?

This talk will review the changing role of the undergraduate physics lab as a major teaching instrument in the undergraduate curriculum.  Current trends will be examined and recent advances at the University of Guelph will be presented.