Author: Yuly, M.E.
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WE1PB01 The Houghton College Cyclotron: a Tool for Educating Undergraduates 286
  • M.E. Yuly
    Houghton College, Houghton, New York, USA
  The cyclotron is an ideal undergraduate research project because its operation and use involve so many of the principles covered in the undergraduate physics curriculum – from resonant circuits to nuclear reactions.  The  physics program at Houghton College, as part of an emphasis on active learning, requires all majors to complete a multiyear research project culminating in an undergraduate thesis. Over the past ten years seven students have constructed a working 1.2 T  tabletop cyclotron theoretically capable of producing approximately 400 keV protons.  The construction and performance of the cyclotron will be discussed, as well as its use as an educational tool.  
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