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Spring 2012-2013
PHY 312 (STL)   No Pass/D/Fail

Experimental Physics

Daniel R. Marlow

Students work in small groups and perform four experiments and an electronics lab. The list of experiments to choose from includes muon decay, beta decay, optical pumping, Mossbauer effect, holography, positron annihilation, electron diffraction, single photon interference, NMR, Coulomb's law, and an observation of galactic hydrogen. Weekly lectures will provide an overview of various experimental techniques and data analysis.

Sample reading list:
A. C. Melissinos and J. Napolitano, Experiments in Modern Physics 2nd edition
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
The labs are self-paced; students get keys to the rooms and, after receiving instructions from a TA, can work on their own schedule. Lab reports are due at the end of the two week period for each experiment and focus on development of experimental research skills. There will be oral exams and a written final exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 15%
Final Exam - 20%
Lab Reports - 65%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
PHY 103/104 or equivalent; PHY 208 or equivalent. Not recommended for sophomores..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40226 L01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm T   Jadwin Hall   A08   Enrolled:22 Limit:50
40225 B01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M W        Enrolled:13 Limit:50
42925 B02 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T Th        Enrolled:9 Limit:50