About the Department
When you study physics at Smith, you have the opportunity to carry out leading-edge research on your own or in collaboration with Smith faculty. Students can start in on research as early as their first year and regularly present their results at leading conferences.
But you don't have to be a physics major to get in on the fun. In your physics classes at Smith, you'll ride a hovercraft and build a balloon helicopter to experience Newton's laws, imitate ice skaters to understand conservation principles, and build your own electric generator and make your own lightning to explore electricity and magnetism. You'll create rainbows out of light waves, build your own laser and send a single photon simultaneously through two different doors to uncover the quantum world. You'll put your physics into practice by capturing solar energy and by using an infrared camera to visualize heat flow and improve energy efficiency. Be a part of the world around you: study physics at Smith!