This paper follows on from PHSI 282. Students will engage in research-style experimental projects that explore principles in physics relating to both the 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.).
The paper consists of 12 lectures (which will include student seminar contributions), and 12 four-hour practicals. Students follow an individual sequence of experiments through the semester, which are assigned by lottery.
Dr Harald Schwefel
Pat Langhorne and Harald Schwefel
Measurements and Their Uncertainties, Hase & Hughes, Oxford (available as electronic resource from the Science Library).
[Topics covered is correct as of 2017.]
|Vibronic absorption spectrum of molecular iodine|
|Charge to mass ratio for an electron|
|The charge on an electron|
|External cavity diode laser & rubidium hyperfine structure|
|HeNe laser & Fabry Perot interferometer|
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Following on from PHSI 282, 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|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,038.45|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,492.80|
- PHSI 282
- Schedule C
- More information link
- View more information about PHSI 381
- Teaching staff
- Course co-ordinator: Dr Harald Schwefel
Professor Pat Langhorne
- 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,
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- Learning Outcomes
- After completing this paper students will be able to:
- Retrieve literature to support the understanding of a research question
- Plan and carry out an experiment to illuminate a research question
- 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
- Report on research findings verbally, visually and in writing
- Be familiar with good practice for experimental procedures and reporting of results
- Collaborate as part of a team to prioritise tasks and efficiently carry out an experiment