PHYS4020 Frontiers 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, drawn from a selection of elective modules and experimental projects, including (1) Experimental techniques and noise analysis; (2) Experimental data analysis and simulation; (3) low temperature techniques (4) Experimental astro-instrumentation & gravitational waves instrumentation.
Students are able to (1) apply experimental measurement methods and techniques in different physics disciplines; (2) communicate the importance of noise analysis, error analysis and calibration in evaluate experimental results; (3) use computational methods to analyse experimental data; and (4) design experiments using computer models or simulations.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) oral presentation; and (3) final report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Chunnong Zhao
Unit rules
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent.
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 45 minutes per week; practical classes: 2 x 45 minutes per week.
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