Physics & Astronomy news

When Physics & Astronomy faculty, researchers and students make news, we like to showcase it here. Whether it’s about ground-breaking discoveries or the fascinating people and stories in our department, these news pieces speak to the intriguing research, accomplished people and vibrant life within the Physics & Astronomy Department at Amherst College. 


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“Intro to Machine Shop,” Sponsored by the Department of Physics & Astronomy,

December 23, 2016

In this three-week interterm class students learn the basics of working with metal. They are introduced to the safe operation of metal lathes, milling machines, drill presses, grinders as well as other equipment, and learn the proper use of hand tools and precision measuring instruments.