The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 50
The Course in Physics
The Course in Physics.
The Physical Laboratory has been removed to the first floor of the south wing, where more suitable accommodations are provided. One large room, with exposure to the east, south and west sides, serves as a lecture-room and students' laboratory. The work-tables are arranged around the sides of the room, and each table is devoted to a particular series of experiments. A second room serves as apparatus-room and is also used for special work of advanced students. In the earlier years graphical methods of reduction are mainly used, and the student gains an insight into the methods used in physical investigation. In the junior year the experiments are more elaborate, and involve a discussion of electrical and magnetical measurements in absolute measure, reductions being made by the methods of least squares. For such work a room has been fitted up in the basement, which contains three brick piers; on one pier is placed a fine astronomical clock, which is connected with a chronograph in the room above. The other piers are used as supports for any apparatus where refined adjustments are necessary.