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Pitt upgrades physics resources

Pitt recently purchased a mass spectrometer located on the third floor of Old Engineering Hall. (Photo by Chiara Rigaud | Staff Photographer)

By Anish Salvi | For The Pitt News

December 7, 2017

Pitt’s Department of Physics and Astronomy has received a new gadget that will help students make massive academic strides in the near future. Pitt acquired Extrel’s educational mass spectrometer, IQ-2000, in October. The device — which identifies gases based on their molecular mass to charge rat...

Totality in Tennessee: Pitt scientists witness, document historic eclipse

The Pitt Shadow Bandits, a team of Pitt students, faculty and staff, traveled to Tennessee to watch the total solar eclipse and test a theory about shadow bands.

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

August 22, 2017

As the Pitt Shadow Bandits gradually filled their weather balloon with helium, a symphony of worried gasps escaped from the crowd of spectators as they heard a loud pop and saw the balloon’s deflated remains spread out on the lush Tennessee grass. “Do they have enough helium for another?” someone in the cro...

In tune with a b-flat: Artists, physicists collaborate on campus

Sarah Thornton, a senior studio arts major, looks at one of her pieces, a

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017

Sarah Thornton stands in the basement of the Frick Fine Arts Center, preparing for her work to appear in an exhibit Tuesday night. She dips her fingers in paint and presses them to the canvas, using gray and purple colors to put the finishing touches on her visual representation of the connections between phys...

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