Lafayette maintains outstanding facilities for instructional laboratories in physics.
The introductory laboratory rooms contain twenty-eight microcomputers interfaced to the Vernier LoggerPro data acquisition system. Students get hands-on experience with experiments in all the major areas of introductory physics, including mechanics, thermodynamics, oscillations and waves, electricity and magnetism, and optics.
The intermediate and advanced classes have dedicated general-purpose laboratory space. There is also an optics lab equipped with optical tables and research-grade optical components. All laboratories have extensive computing support, and LabView programming is used to interface computers to experimental apparatus.
In the Advanced Physics Laboratory, students have access to:
The department has excellent computing facilities which are available to physics students at all times for class work and research projects. The Computational Physics Laboratory houses a cluster of Linux computers and several Windows computers.
Student participation in research is an important part of the physics program at Lafayette. There are a variety of opportunities, during the academic year as well as during the summer and Interim session, to become involved in a significant way in a research project.
The Physics Department, in cooperation with the Chemistry Department operates a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer for biophysics (and other) research. All faculty members have microcomputers or workstations in their offices, and a local area network connects the offices and most laboratories to one another and to the Academic Computer Center.