Thomas More College
Home > Physics > Facilities


The Physics and Mathematics Department of Thomas More College has 6 teaching and research areas.

S-224A - Computer Simulations Laboratory and Mathematica Classroom
This room contains 15 computer work stations and a Smart Board. Calculus courses use the software program Mathematica to solve problems and to do mathematical simulations. Astronomy students use the computers to carry out astronomy simulation experiments. Physics students analyze their results and carry out physics simulations.

S-224 - General Physics Laboratory
This room contains 5 lab stations, each equipped with a computer and a Pasco 750 experiment to computer interface. The room also has a Smart Board. Three levels of general physics laboratories (experiments) and astronomy laboratories are taught in this room. We have the following list of sensors which can be interfaced with our computers: motion, force, photogates, rotary motion, sound, light, charge, magnetic field, pressure, temperature, & voltage. Experiments in the following areas are done in this room: astronomy, dynamics (motion and energy), waves, sound, electric and magnetics, thermodynamics, heat transfer and optics.

S-226 - Advanced Physics Laboratory and Small Classroom
This room contains an advanced optics lab station, 5 other lab stations for Modern Physics (including spectroscopy, photoelectric effect, Franck-Hertz effect, & electron diffraction); Electronics (including analog and digital, & semiconductor experiments).

S-227 to S-231 - 7 Small Single Group Lab Station or Project Rooms
Individual students or a small lab group could be given one of these rooms for a week or for a semester to use for a laboratory experiment or research project.

S-212 - Advanced Physics Laboratory and Physics Research
This large room contains multiple areas for possible laboratory experiments or research topics. One area contains an advanced Nuclear Physics Laboratory, where we do alpha, beta & gamma spectroscopy.

S-213 - X-Ray Powder Diffraction Laboratory
We have a state-of-the-art Rigaku XRD (Powder) Multiflex Machine. We study all 7 of the crystal types: cubic, hexagonal, tetrahedral, orthorhombic, rhombohedral, triclinic & monoclinic. We can determine the crystal type for an unknown as well as the cell dimensions (distance between atoms). We have studied these properties for compounds, minerals, and pharmaceuticals.

S-205 - Machine Shop
This room contains a lathe, a drill press, a table saw and band saws. We also have hand tools for the students to use in the construction of their projects.