PHYS4020 Special Topics in Experimental Physics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (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]
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