Phys 360: Intermediate Lab
This course serves to continue to develop the experimental skills introduced in Introductory Applied Physics Lab (PHYS 120), expanding these skills and using them in a variety of different physical phenomena.
The course goals are:
- To further students' knowledge and abilities in error analysis, including: error propagation, mean and standard deviation, least squares fitting, weighted averages, normal distribution, and chi-squared goodness of fit.
- To train students in data collection, analysis, and presentation (graphing) via Matlab.
- To learn computerized data acquisition via Matlab, where pre-written programs can be modified by the students.
- To teach students how to summarize experiments in project report format, including a basic understanding and explanation of the theoretical framework of the experiment.
- To teach students the importance of a lab notebook, and how to use it properly.
- To give students experience with a variety of different experiments covering various physical phenomena, including ``canonical" experiments.
- To train students to work independently with modern experimental equipment.
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