The physics department at Smith is a small, tight knit community that provides students with a strong preparation that combines a rigorous curriculum with innovative teaching techniques and supportive, personable faculty and staff. Our students often double major with astronomy, computer science, math, engineering, chemistry and even architecture. 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 starting your first year. Research interests among our faculty include nonlinear optics, condensed matter physics, complex fluids, molecular materials, low-dimensional systems, cold atom physics and cosmology.
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 physics into practice by capturing solar energy and using an infrared camera to visualize heat flow and improve energy efficiency. Be a part of the world around you: study physics at Smith!
Starting 2016, we will be offering a Physics Education track within the major.
Our Spring Lecture Series Featuring:
Save the Date:
February 17th: John Doyle, Harvard University - Science with Cold Molecules: from Bio, to Chemical, to Atomic, to Particle
*March 2nd: Boris Kayser, Fermilab - The Neutrinos
March 3rd : John Bush, M.I.T - Modeling quantum mechanics with fluid dynamics
March 24th : Emily Gardel, Class of 2006, Technology Specialist, Property Law Wolf Greenfield & Sacks - Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights, Oh My! A Guided Tour of Intellectual Property
April 28th : Haley Dell'Orso, Class of 2011, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute - Wind Tunnel Investigation of Stall Cell Physics and Mitigation
April 7th : Barbara Capogrosso Sansone, Clark University - Demixing effects in binary bosonic mixtures
*Sponsored by the Kahn Institute. Lecture held in Seelye Hall 106