The Wormhole (Weniger 334)

Physics Collaboration and Help Center

Wormhole staffing hours are M - Th 10 AM - 6 PM, F 10 AM - 4 PM, with extended hours to 8 PM on Monday and Tuesday.

 The Wormhole is an informal space to work with on physics with your peers under the guidance of experienced Assistants. 

CoVID Update

The Wormhole will continue to run online through Slack at

Your instructor can provide more information on connecting with the Virtual Wormhole.


The Wormhole channel is available 24/7 for all students to work together.

Assistants are available as shown at Wormhole Assistants Schedule.  You can ask for help from any Assistant, but the Assistants connected to your course may be more familiar with the topics and homework for that course.  Consider this when choosing times to visit.

Your classmates can be a terrfic resource.  When you have a question, think about asking other students in the Wormhole if they've worked it out.  This can be a good approach especially during crowded times when the Assistants are in high demand.


Requesting Assistance

To log a request for help from a Wormhole Assistant:

  1.  Click on
  2.  Fill in your name (or alternate Slack ID) and choose your course.  If you’re working in a group, choose one group member who will be the first contact for the Wormhole Assistant.
  • If the Wormhole is running virtually (on Slack):  Go to the #virtual_wormhole channel and wait for the next available Assistant to reach out to you.  It's helpful if you post a screenshot, pdf, or other copy of the problem you're working on.  Note that the Assistant may not have access to your assignment, so share more than just the problem number.

When your request is assigned to an Assistant, they will use the identifying information you provided to find and respond to your post.  You or they can also open a Zoom session if that seems useful.

Help is provided by Wormhole Assistants in the order that requests are received.  You can check the status of your request at any time using the live queue at the request website.


Code of Conduct

The Wormhole is an informal space for physics collaboration.

It works best when we accord each other common courtesy.

 Be respectful of other students.
  • Respect others' personal and work spaces.
  • Be conscious of aromas.
  • Be aware of your speech.
  • Respect those who will use the space next.
  • Be mindful of the learning environment.
Be respectful of the Assistants.
  • Be patient - the Assistants will help as many people as possible.
  • Remember that Assistants assist.  They are there to help you learn, not to do the problem or to tell you the answer.
  • Assistants will try to help everyone, but be patient when they aren't familiar with the problem in your course.
  • The Wormhole gets crowded.  If you're not working on physics, please give up your space to those who are.

Following these guidelines will help ensure the Wormhole remains a place where everyone can learn effectively.

 We have an open-door policy but do ask that you help us track demand by doing the following:

  • Scan your ID when entering the room.  This helps ensure we allocate enough resources to the Wormhole.
  • If you would like help from an Assistant, enter your table and course number in the queue.  Assistants will address those in the queue first.  This helps ensure all questions are addressed in a fair manner.

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