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Distributed September 9, 2003
Contact Ricardo Howell

Brown to donate physics equipment to local high schools

Brown University’s Department of Physics will support local science classrooms by inviting area high school teachers to select from a stock of surplus laboratory equipment Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 145 of the Barus and Holley Building. The University has donated surplus laboratory equipment to Providence schools for more than a decade.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Local high school science teachers seeking equipment for their physics laboratories can turn to the Department of Physics at Brown.

At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Room 145 of the Barus and Holley Building, instructors from the Department of Physics will welcome area science teachers to select laboratory equipment from a stock of Brown’s surplus materials.

David Cutts, professor and chair of physics, and Dean Hudek, laboratory physicist, have organized the event. Hudek, who has been at Brown since 1989, has offered retired equipment to area teachers for more than a dozen years. “Oftentimes, local high schools are not able to afford new the equipment we are able to pass on,” said Hudek. “Although it may no longer have a place in our labs, this equipment can play a crucial part in a high school physics curriculum.”

Among the laboratory equipment to be donated are twelve air tracks, commonly used for frictionless mechanics experiments; eight function generators, used to create electronic signals; several Millikan oil-drop apparatus, which can determine the size of the charge of a single electron; and an oscilloscope, which displays and measures electronic signals.

“We are pleased to be able to support local science instruction,” said Cutts. “By donating these instruments to teachers, we hope to bolster their efforts to share the knowledge of physics with young minds.”

The Barus and Holley Building may be accessed from the Manning Walkway, off Brook Street, between Waterman and George streets.


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