Instructor: Christian Schultz-NielsenCourse Website | Course Outline
A course consisting of 6 modules devoted to experimental work and 1 consisting of tutorials on analysis of and errors of measurement. The areas dealt with in the experimental modules are computer simulation, waves and optics, thermodynamics and statistical physics, modern physics, nuclear physics and solid state physics.
The course allows the students to perform some basic physics experiments which illustrate topics discussed in third and fourth year lecture courses. The students will obtain experience using modern laboratory instruments and practice in methods of data analysis. The students' ability to keep an accurate and complete laboratory notebook and to write technical laboratory reports is developed. Computers are used to control experiments, to analyze data and to prepare laboratory reports.
Typically, students will complete at least one experiment from each of the following groups: laboratory instrumentation, waves and optics, thermodynamics and statistical physics, modern physics, nuclear physics and solid state physics. Representative experiments are holography, chaos, gamma-ray spectroscopy and semiconductor band gap measurements. Students should initially follow the outlines that are available for each experiment, however the experiments are designed to be open-ended and students are encouraged to explore areas related to their own interests. The evaluation for this course is based primarily on 6 formal laboratory reports, one for each experiment. In addition, evaluations of laboratory notebooks and an assessment of laboratory performance and initiative contribute to the final mark.
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Who should take this course?
This course is a core course for Specialized Honors Physics students.