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PHSI381 Experimental Physics II

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Research-style experimental projects that explore key physical principles in physics relating to both natural phenomena and modern technology.

A key ingredient in the paper is developing communication skills by reporting laboratory results through a range of communication platforms (seminars, posters, etc.).

Paper title Experimental Physics II
Paper code PHSI381
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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(PHSI 243 or PHSI 282) or EMAN 201
Schedule C
Teaching staff

Course co-ordinator: Dr Harald Schwefel
Professor Pat Langhorne
Dr Tim Molteno
Dr Amita Deb


Measurements and Their Uncertainties, Hase & Hughes, Oxford (available as electronic resource from the Science Library).

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  1. Retrieve literature to support the understanding of a research question
  2. Plan and carry out an experiment to illuminate a research question
  3. Capture data from a physical system by means of contemporary data acquisition tools, such as a digital storage oscilloscope, and apply appropriate modelling to the sampled data using curve-fitting tools
  4. Report on research findings verbally, visually and in writing
  5. Be familiar with good practice for experimental procedures and reporting of results
  6. Collaborate as part of a team to prioritise tasks and efficiently carry out an experiment

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41