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    Oct 20, 2021  
Courses of Study 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 3310 - Intermediate Experimental Physics


(PBS-AS, PHS-AS)      
Spring. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: PHYS 2208  or PHYS 2214  or PHYS 2218 .

C. Franck.

Would you find it appealing to operate a physical system that allows you to sharply distinguishes between rational and irrational numbers? How about using a microwave thermometer to measure the temperature of a distant object namely the sun’s outer surface? Would you like to quantitatively observe the transformation of a confined electromagnetic wave into one that propagates away into the rest of the universe? In Physics 3310, you will have experiences such as these as you decide for yourself how valid or applicable various theoretical results are that you have already encountered or look forward to encountering in 3000 level intermediate level courses such as  quantum and classical mechanics and electrodynamics.  Besides performing three complete investigations of such phenomena, you will gain experience in the design and development of new ones. You’ll acquire  essential skills to tease out the truth about nature as an experimental physicist with particular emphasis on the awareness and management of uncertainty. The environment of 3310 promotes individual creativity and discovery with the encouragement and aid of coursemates and staff.



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