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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.).

    About this paper

    Paper title Experimental Physics II
    Subject Physics
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (PHSI 243 or PHSI 282) or EMAN 201
    Schedule C
    Teaching staff

    Course co-ordinator: Associate Professor Harald Schwefel
    Associate Professor Mikkel Andersen
    Dr Tim Molteno


    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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 29-35, 37-42
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