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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Dr. Igor fires his smoke cannon
2007 Physics Show

The Physics Show

The Physics Show is a demonstration of physics "magic" by physics professors. The show is intended for the general public, especially for the elementary and secondary school students. Unlike the magic shows performed by magicians, where they keep their tricks secret, the physics "magic" can all be explained using simple physics principles and can be performed at home with some practice. The purpose of the presentation is to show people that physics is an experimental science, it is exciting, and it can be a lot of fun!

The Physics Show is organized and run by the Physics Faculty and is performed during the spring of each year.

Check the Physics Show page for more information and the date of the next performance.


The department's observing program features two astronomical observatories on the southern edge of campus. Students, faculty, staff, and the public are welcome to visit these facilities.