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PHSI381 Experimental Physics II

Paper Description

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.

Assessment:
Internally assessed.

Important information about assessment for PHSI381

Course Coordinator:
Dr Harald Schwefel

Lecturers:
Pat Langhorne and Harald Schwefel

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

After completing this paper students will be able to:
  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
[Topics covered is correct as of 2017.]
Topics Covered
Michelson interferometer
Fourier optics
Vibronic absorption spectrum of molecular iodine
Hall Effect
Acousto-optic modulator
Charge to mass ratio for an electron
The charge on an electron
External cavity diode laser & rubidium hyperfine structure
HeNe laser & Fabry Perot interferometer
Gravitational constant

 


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Details

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
Paper code PHSI381
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2019 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
PHSI 282
Schedule C
Science
Contact
harald.schwefel@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course co-ordinator: Dr Harald Schwefel
Professor Pat Langhorne
Textbooks
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
After completing this paper students will be able to:
  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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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-16, 18-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 9-16, 18-22