Fall 2017 - PHYS 231 D100

Physics Laboratory III (3)

Class Number: 1569

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCP 9423, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 130, 133 or 141 (no substitutions). Co-requisite: PHYS 255.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Introduction to modern techniques in experimental physics, including computer-aided data acquisition, electronics, control theory, and statistical data analysis. Quantitative.

COURSE DETAILS:

TIME & LOCATION:
Lecture: P9423, Tuesdays, 12:30-1:20pm
Lab: P9423, Tuesdays, 1:30-5:20pm



Laboratory experiments will include: 

·       Probability distributions and radioactive decay

·       Radioactivity: interval distribution, radioactive decay of radon

·       AC Circuit elements: properties of inductors and capacitors

·       AC circuits: LRC resonance

·       Mechanical resonance

·       A more complex experiment combining data acquisition and control

 

Lecture topics will include: 

·       Error Analysis and Error Propagation

·       Probability Distributions

·       Curve Fitting

·       AC Circuits

·       Computer-Aided Data Acquisition

·       Computer-Aided Data Analysis

Grading

  • Prelab/homework 15%
  • Lab Notebooks 35%
  • Technical Brief 15%
  • Lab Exam 25%
  • Lab Skill 10%

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Required text:
Measurements and their Uncertainties by Hughes and Hase

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, before the end of the first week of classes.

Registrar Notes:

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