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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Science Division
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 323
    • tel: 610-499-4003
    • fax: 610-499-4496
  • Steve Adams

    • Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 366B
    • tel: 610-499-4006


Facilities, Physics & Astronomy

Program Highlight

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View Our Facilities

See photos of the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment available to physics majors at Widener.

Physics majors have access to the university’s advanced research labs where students validate physics laws through the results of experimentation, observation, and computer modeling. 

The laboratories at Widener are equipped so that students can develop the skills needed for both scientific experimentation and theoretical investigation, working both individually and in small groups.

Optics Lab

Students study the classical properties of light in a well-equipped optics lab that includes vibration-isolated optics tables and a variety of laser sources.

Modern Physics and Mechanics Lab

Students perform experiments that investigate ideas discussed theoretically in the modern physics course and the mechanics course. Experiments include making measurements to determine the values of some of the fundamental physical constants and computer modeling of gravitational phenomena. 

Widener’s Observatory

In the Widener Observatory, students study astronomical phenomena using both computer modeling and our 16-inch telescope.