In our advanced lab courses, students work on projects in pairs, learning experimental techniques. In these labs students get to work with radiation, create single photon diffraction, analyze chaotic oscillations, measure the speed of light, and much more.
Students in their final year work on an independent research project for their senior capstone. This work uses many physics classes to produce a piece of scientific research. Recent projects include building and analyzing a baseball air cannon, measuring coefficient of restitution of baseball bats and golf clubs, and analyzing the dynamics of a golf swing.
Students also can do summer research with faculty at TLU. The summer leading to their senior year, students are encouraged to take part in REU’s (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at universities outside of TLU. Recently, TLU students have worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Duke University, University of Florida, MIT-Haystack Observatory, and more.