In seeking to understand natural phenomena as simply as possible, physicists have made a remarkable discovery: whatever questions they ask, the answers ultimately involve the same elegant principles of energy and momentum, mass and charge.

Knowing the Universe in Human Terms

Physicists seek and study rhythms and patterns among natural phenomena, including those that are readily apparent (like the orbits of planets) and those that are apparent only to deep analysis and careful observation (like the quantum transitions of atoms). Abetted by the power of mathematics, they ultimately comprehend and express the fundamental regularities of the physical universe in uniquely human metaphors. In this way, the universe comes to know itself in human terms.

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Wooster Physics NSF-Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Department Newsletter

The 2019-2020 Department Newsletter (.pdf) is now available.

American Astronomy Society (AAS) conference in Honolulu, Hawaii

Dr. DeGroot and four students at the American Astronomy Society (AAS) conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr. DeGroot took four students to the American Astronomy Society (AAS) conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the conference, she presented a poster titled “Investigating the radial color gradients in galaxies - do galaxy disks form inside-out?” The four students also presented posters. Abigail Ambrose '20 presented on her senior I.S. research, Andrew Kunkel '21 and Maria Cook presented the work they completed in the 2019 Wooster summer REU program, and Megan Fisher '21 presented on work that she completed in an off-campus REU program.