Higher Physics First Floor - Room 31


Higher Physics First Floor - Room 31
This image depicts a higher physics classroom full of scientific instruments but void of people. Physics and Chemistry were the two main subjects taught in the Physical Sciences department, and both of these subjects involved a lot of hands-on experimentation in the Normal School’s laboratory rooms. The Normal offered five courses relating to the subject of Physics, all of which prepared students to go on to teach physics at the high school level. The Normal register notes that to be a successful Physics student one had to not only experiment, but also “make a special study of apparatus and manipulation and have some practice in demonstration in the presence of a class” (p.55).
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Michigan State Normal School, Ypsilanti, MI