The Physics Department occupies the first floor of the newly renovated Johnstone Science Center. We have three large introductory laboratories, as well as several smaller labs that are used for upper level classes and student research. One room serves as a study lounge for physics majors. This room is equipped with tables, chairs and blackboard space as well as a microwave oven, a refrigerator and a coffee pot.
Eight iMACs are located in one laboratory and eight PCs are available in another lab. The computers are used for various experiments in physics and astronomy. Each computer is connected to the college network.
The Physics Department updates its equipment on a regular basis. Our optics lab contains a large vibration-isolation table for use in optics experiments (see photo at right). Another lab houses the Ortec multichannel analyzer used for nuclear physics experiments. Other specialized equipment includes fiber optic equipment, an adiabatic gas law apparatus, a thermal radiation system, and a thermal efficiency apparatus, 8 (Beck) ball pendulums, a Tektronix 2111 digital storage oscilloscope with a printer/plotter, a Tektronix 2465 4-channel oscilloscope, and a green ion gas laser. In the small shop area, the Department has a milling machine/lathe as well as a drill press, power hacksaw/bandsaw and many accessories suitable for any project our students see fit to undertake.
The Physics Department also maintains and operates the Ernest B. Wright Observatory which is located at the top of Oyaron Hill on the Hartwick Campus.