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Welcome to the University of Vermont Physics department's antique demonstrations and apparatus page

Melde's Apparatus

The University of Vermont was founded in 1791 and is situated on the top of a hill in Burlington, Vermont, overlooking Lake Champlain. Over this period of time, the physics department  has retained some of the instruments used for classroom demonstrations as well as those used in the course of scientific research. On September 25, 2002, a partially complete display area was dedicated and a talk was delivered by Dr. Thomas Greenslade, "Natural Philosophy At the University of Vermont". Follow this link for more pictures of that event.

The purpose of this page is to provide an easy means for faculty and staff members to become aquainted with the array of equipment that is hidden away in the dark recesses of the department, and for people who have an interest in the tools used by the teachers and scientists of the past.

This page is currently in a rough form, and the information concerning each item is incomplete (or totally lacking). This will improve with time as will the number of items listed. Items that have some or all available information listed are marked in the device index.  Any information regarding the listed items is greatly appreciated and can be passed along through the link at the bottom of the page.

Last updated on 4/30/09

Catalog In Alphabetical Order by Maker
Catalog In Alphabetical Order by Device (Items with complete or partial information are marked with a *)
Topical Index
Date Index
Instruments at the Fleming Museum
Early Instrument Purchases - "Lost" Apparatus
Physics At UVM -1895

Other Links:

Physics Dept. Library
Comments or Questions contact Dave Hammond