Learning physics by doing physics!

Our physics courses are based on the philosophy that you must construct your own understanding.

Probing nature with experiments, physicists try to find basic principles, usually stated as mathematical models that explain as economically as possible the phenomena they encounter. Anyone can gain an appreciation for physics at the descriptive level, but the field appeals most to people who enjoy solving problems, constructing models, and experimenting with nature.

Student Research

  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">Photo-Therapy Robot Project</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><picture class="lw_image lw_image2110 lw_align_left lw_block"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/32/width/500/height/282/2110_pastedImage.rev.1515864265.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/gid/32/width/500/height/282/2110_pastedImage.rev.1515864265.png 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/32/width/600/height/338/2110_pastedImage.rev.1515864265.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/gid/32/width/600/height/338/2110_pastedImage.rev.1515864265.png 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><img alt="Photo-therapy for plants" src="/live/image/gid/32/width/600/height/338/2110_pastedImage.rev.1515864265.png" data-max-w="600" data-max-h="338" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></p><p> Physics and engineering students are currently involved in a project to design, build, and field-test an automated supplemental-light delivery system that could enable local farmers to productively grow crops not well adapted to the area. This project is being done in cooperation with Kelly Ridge Farms, in Meadowview, Virginia.</p></div>
  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">E&H physics major Joe Tolone presents his work at the 2019 SESAPS conference</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><picture class="lw_image lw_image7446 lw_align_left"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/32/width/500/height/375/7446_20191107_181453.rev.1581903506.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/32/width/500/height/375/7446_20191107_181453.rev.1581903506.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/32/width/500/height/375/7446_20191107_181453.rev.1581903506.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/32/width/500/height/375/7446_20191107_181453.rev.1581903506.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/32/width/610/height/458/7446_20191107_181453.rev.1581903506.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/32/width/610/height/458/7446_20191107_181453.rev.1581903506.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/32/width/610/height/458/7446_20191107_181453.rev.1581903506.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/32/width/610/height/458/7446_20191107_181453.rev.1581903506.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img alt="Physics major Joe Tolone presents his work at the 2019 Southeastern Section of the American Physi..." src="/live/image/gid/32/width/610/height/458/7446_20191107_181453.rev.1581903506.jpg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/32/width/610/height/458/7446_20191107_181453.rev.1581903506.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/32/width/610/height/458/7446_20191107_181453.rev.1581903506.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2400" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture><span class="lw_image_caption lw_align_left" style="width: 610px">Physics major Joe Tolone presents his work at the 2019 Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society Conference at UNC Wilmington</span></p></div>
  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">E&H students attend the 2018 NIMBioS Conference in Knoxville, TN</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><picture class="lw_image lw_image5683 lw_align_left"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/32/width/500/height/281/5683_NIMBioS_students_photo_2.rev.1543075027.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/32/width/500/height/281/5683_NIMBioS_students_photo_2.rev.1543075027.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/32/width/610/height/343/5683_NIMBioS_students_photo_2.rev.1543075027.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/32/width/610/height/343/5683_NIMBioS_students_photo_2.rev.1543075027.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><img alt="Students attend the 2018 Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and..." src="/live/image/gid/32/width/610/height/343/5683_NIMBioS_students_photo_2.rev.1543075027.jpg" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="540" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></p></div>
  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">E&H physics major Madison Jackson presents her work at the 2018 NIMBioS conference in Knoxville, TN</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><picture class="lw_image lw_image5684 lw_align_left"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/32/width/500/height/333/5684_30680367827_fabaf127b5_o_2.rev.1543075467.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/32/width/500/height/333/5684_30680367827_fabaf127b5_o_2.rev.1543075467.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/32/width/500/height/333/5684_30680367827_fabaf127b5_o_2.rev.1543075467.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/32/width/500/height/333/5684_30680367827_fabaf127b5_o_2.rev.1543075467.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/32/width/610/height/406/5684_30680367827_fabaf127b5_o_2.rev.1543075467.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/32/width/610/height/406/5684_30680367827_fabaf127b5_o_2.rev.1543075467.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/32/width/610/height/406/5684_30680367827_fabaf127b5_o_2.rev.1543075467.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/32/width/610/height/406/5684_30680367827_fabaf127b5_o_2.rev.1543075467.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img alt="E&H physics major Madison Jackson presents her poster at the 2018 NIMBioS undergraduate resea..." src="/live/image/gid/32/width/610/height/406/5684_30680367827_fabaf127b5_o_2.rev.1543075467.jpg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/32/width/610/height/406/5684_30680367827_fabaf127b5_o_2.rev.1543075467.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/32/width/610/height/406/5684_30680367827_fabaf127b5_o_2.rev.1543075467.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1362" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></p></div>