Courses of Study 2021-2022 
    
    Jan 30, 2023  
Courses of Study 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AEP 3640 - Modern Applied Physics Experimental Design


     
Fall. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Corequisite: ENGRC 3640 . Co-meets with AEP 5640 .

J. Moses.

A hands-on introduction to modern applied physics computer-aided experimental design with weekly laboratory-based problem solving culminating in the development and use of an automated laser scanning microscope system. Students learn fundamentals of the theory and practice of computer-aided control of equipment and data acquisition in an applied physics laboratory. Topics include introductory optical microscopy, analog-to-digital conversion and digital-to-analog conversion, hardware timing, error in digital systems, discrete Fourier analysis and sampling theorem. Data analysis is performed primarily using MATLAB or Python and instrument interfacing is using LabVIEW and serial communication protocols. (No prior knowledge of LabVIEW is required; LabVIEW basics will be learned through weekly laboratory activities rather than by formal instruction.) This course means to introduce students to the practice of scientific and engineering R&D, which includes stages of design, experimentation, and the communication of knowledge gained. Students will develop effective writing and communication skills both as a tool for practicing engineering design and for the dissemination of knowledge through a formal article.

Outcome 1: Demonstrate an automated optical scanning microscope over the course of a semester-long laboratory project.

Outcome 2: Develop skills essential to the practice of modern computer-aided applied physics experimental design, including techniques for interfacing computers with scientific measurements using “virtual instrument” concepts, and methods for analyzing digital signals and uncertainties in measurements.

Outcome 3: Develop effective writing and communication skills both as a tool for practicing experimental design and for the dissemination of knowledge through a formal article.



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