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 supports activities ranging from casual visual observing to active astronomical research and allows students to do projects that are connected to topics of current interest, such as the expansion of the universe and the behavior of pulsars.
A Thanksgiving Day trip around the sun will determine whether the comet survives for post-feast viewing.
The observatory open house features a globular cluster and the Ring Nebula this Saturday, Nov. 2.
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 pedagogical techniques of Workshop Physics in an intermediate level physics course.
Physics at Grinnell combines a rigorous curriculum with a supportive community of faculty and students. You apply your intellectual curiosity to classical and modern theory — and get extensive laboratory experience in technically advanced facilities and via faculty-student research, off-campus research, seminars, and internships. Physics also supports a 3-2 program in engineering and offers exceptional opportunities and