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Physics is the inquiry into the structure and organization of the universe—the study of forces and matter, of motion, of cause and effect, and of the intrinsic properties of space and time. From the structure of the atomic nucleus, to the fundamental processes taking place in living cells, to the large-scale structure and evolution of the whole universe, the realm of physics is well-traveled, yet every path leads to uncharted territory.

A major in Physics at Lewis & Clark is a challenging and fascinating undertaking, as this ”˜uncharted territory’ is where our students spend most of their time. Coursework includes a two-year introductory sequence, followed by advanced courses in classical dynamics, quantum mechanics, and electricity and magnetism. Small classes are taught by active research faculty, and our students secure many prestigious scholarships. The Rogers Science Research Program supports collaborative scientific research between students and faculty during the summer.  Our 3-2 and 4-2 Engineering Programs enable students to pursue careers in mechanical engineering and other applied fields.

Our facilities include well-equipped laboratories; a machine shop; a research astronomical observatory; remote observing laboratory for studying the galactic interstellar medium;  an electrical instrumentation lab; and research labs for astrophysics, spectroscopy, and biophysics.  In Advanced Lab, students pursue  projects of their own design.

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141/151 Lab Manual
142/152 Lab Manual

Olin Weather Station
Natural Science Shop

  

 

 

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March 17th, 2017

  • Image preview 7:00pm: Hidden Figures

    BASED ON THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY.
    Meet the women you don’t know, behind the mission you do.

    HIDDEN FIGURES
    Friday, March 17th - 7pm - Council Chamber
    (This film screening will feature open captioning)


    Lewis & Clark’s exclusive screening of Hidden Figures (before it is released on DVD/Blu-ray) is generously presented by the Campus Activities Board, Black Student Union, Queer Student Union, STEM, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, and Student Activities.

    Hidden Figures has been nominated for three Academy Awards including the Academy Award for Best Picture.

March 20th, 2017

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