Buffalo State offers outstanding facilities to physics students. In 2016, Physics moved into new space in the Science of and Mathematics Complex houses new teaching and research labs, faculty offices, and instrumentation rooms. The new space creates an environment that cultivates challenging interdisciplinary research activities among both students and faculty. The move was accompanied by the investment of over $1M in new equipment for research and instruction.
Two new classrooms in SAMC fitted with state of the art equipment are dedicated to intro physics. SAMC357 and SAMC359 are designed for hands-on, computer supported learning in small teams.
The new physics advanced lab facility in SAMC358 includes a variety of equipment used in the capstone senior lab and electroncs, including equipment for NMR, gamma ray spectroscopy, superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs). Other resources include equipment for low temperature (4K) Mossbauer studies and a sputtering machine.
SAMC 393 is a computer lab running the Linux operating system with 18 machines. This facility is shared with the Mathematics Department. Students learn to write programs in C to model physical phenomena such as projectile motion, chaotic behavior, planetary motion, and static electric and magnetic fields.
Students also use the facility for numerical projects in upper division courses and research.
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