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The Grant O. Gale Observatory is located at the extreme north end of the campus. It is reached by a road located just to the west of the tennis courts on 10th Avenue.
The facility includes refurbished teaching and research laboratories, classroom and office space, a science library, a computer laboratory, and several study areas. The addition connects two of the wings with a courtyard in between. The building houses the departments of biology...

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We are living in a Golden Age for astronomy, and Grinnell College offers its students a range of opportunities to experience the excitement of direct involvement in astronomical observation and investigation. The unusually sophisticated instrumentation at Grinnell's observatory...
What is the GRE? The GRE, or Graduate Record Exam, is the generic name for a number of multiple-choice style exams administered by the Educational Testing Service. These are the same people who administer the SAT and Achievement exams you likely encountered in high school. There...
Faculty Research Interests Robert Cadmus - Optical astronomy, observational studies of semiregular variable stars, stellar spectroscopy and photometry. William Case - Fundamental questions of quantum mechanics; electromagnetic theory; linear and non-linear dynamics of simple...
Curricular Development Resources Discovery-Based Physics: a General Physics course developed at Grinnell using a pedagogy similar toPriscilla Laws's Workshop Physics but including more contemporary topics.  Discovery-based Computational Physics: An implementation of the...
Traditional Intro Format - No Study Abroad First YearFall: PHY 131, MAT 131Spring: PHY 132, MAT 133 Second YearFall: PHY 232, MAT 215Spring: PHY 234, MAT 220 Third YearFall: PHY 335Spring: PHY 337 Fourth YearFall: Physics ElectiveSpring: Physics Elective, PHY 462 Third YearFall...

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The 14 students in physics Professor Charles Cunningham’s Bridges, Towers, and Skyscrapers course had the opportunity to experience the mind-broadening effects of world travel over spring break. This 100-level physics class is one of several courses that incorporates travel into...
Comet ISON has the potential to be spectacular — if it survives its Thanksgiving encounter with the sun. After Dec. 3, starwatchers can call the re-activated Grinnell College Observatory hotline, 641-269-4770, to learn about viewing sessions.  The hotline will be updated once...
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Nick Hunter ’15 is used to the Iowa State Fair. Named the “world’s greatest state fair” by Buzzfeed, it’s internationally acclaimed and a regular entry on best state fair lists from The Travel Channel to Country Living. With more than a million...
The moon, Jupiter, and Mars will be the featured celestial objects at an open house at Grinnell College’s Grant O. Gale Observatory at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7. Robert Cadmus, Breid-McFarland Professor of Science, professor of physics, and observatory director, will lead the...

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