Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s John J. and Char Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department of Physics will host “The Food Truck for the Physics Mind” on Tuesday.
It will be parked behind IUP’s Weyandt Hall and Northern Suites from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge to visit the truck or participate in experiments.
The Physics Food Truck visits colleges and universities, welcoming physicists, chemists, biologists and science enthusiasts into a 44-foot-long chamber filled with instrumentation. IUP is part of this fall’s national tour.
TeachSpin, a non-profit manufacturer of advanced laboratory instruments designed for higher-education teaching, created the project.
Many of the instruments were built or selected to expose the needles, dials, and wires, as compared to the wholly contained “black box” type instruments common in working labs. The instrumentation includes apparatus appropriate for beginning physics students up through early graduate school. Some of these instruments were used by scientists who won Nobel Prizes.
Experiments featured onboard include laser interferometry (interaction of light with atoms), Hall-effect probe (measuring invisible magnetic field), lock-in amplifier (extracting signal from noise), two-slit interference (a bizarre quantum effect), optical pumping and ultrasonics.
One of the instruments, an earth-field NMR, measures the geomagnetic field of the earth at a frequency of around 2 kilohertz. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a widely used tool in chemistry and biology. It’s the basis for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) used in medical diagnosis.
For more information, contact the IUP Department of Physics at (724) 357-2370.