PHYS4020 Special Topics in Experimental Physics
- 6 points
|Semester 1||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Honours option in Physics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
- This unit builds on a solid foundation of experimental physics established in an undergraduate Physics major. The unit comprises lecture modules, with 18 lectures being compulsory and the remaining 18 lectures being drawn from a selection of elective modules. The unit covers material drawn from a range of topics in experimental physics, including (1) surface physics; (2) atomic and molecular physics; (3) quantum dynamics; and (4) low temperature techniques.
- Students are able to (1) identify research questions and types of data produced by commonly used experimental methods in physics; (2) carry out experiments using a variety of methods for the investigation of physical phenomena; (3) analyse and interpret experimental results arising from each of the experimental methods; (4) use basic computational methods to analyse experimental data using shared physics datasets or new experimental lab data; and (5) develop basic models or simulations of physical systems.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal; (2) seminar; and (3) final written examination or project. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Professor Li Ju
- Unit rules
- completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week (may be recorded); lab sessions: 1 hour per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week for 13 weeks
- Unit Outline
- Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.