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300 Level Physics Lab Online: How do you do that?

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2020 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

With the advent of open source programming languages (such as Python) and open-source microcontroller projects (such as the Arduino) students can assemble sophisticated measurement equipment at home on their kitchen table. As an added bonus, data is streamed directly into the student’s laptop. This allows the student to carry out complex data analysis using the powerful mathematical tools available in Python. The lab has all the unpredictable failure modes that challenge students in conventional labs, with the added bonus of teaching modern coding and microcontroller techniques.


Stuart Lindsay

University Professor, Arizona State University
Stuart Lindsay is University Professor of Physics and Chemistry at Arizona State University. He specializes in molecular biophysics and nanoscience. He holds 54 US patents and has published over 200 refereed papers. He founded both Molecular Imaging Corporation (now a division of Keysight Technologies) and Recognition Analytix. Lindsay is the author of the first comprehensive text for nanoscience, “Introduction to Nanoscience” (OUP, 2009). He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics. His current interest is the role of quantum mechanics in biology and the development of novel approaches to online education.