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Advanced Physics Lab
ADV PHYS LAB
CLASS CODE: PH 336 CREDITS:  2
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to the basics of computer interfacing. It is designed to teach students the limitations and advantages of using computers to collect and analyze experimental data. It will also teach the basic electronics and programing needed to interface an experiment to a computer.
TAUGHT: Winter
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Advanced Physics Laboratory for Physics and Physics Education Majors. Topics covered include vacuum systems, experimental design, Fourier analysis and other mathematical modeling techniques, computer interfacing.
Topics may include Vacuum systems, x-ray diffraction, Fourier analysis, experimental design, modeling physical systems.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Use the following ideas in developing a computer interfaced experiment: Response functions, Capabilities and limitations of transducers, Analog to digital conversion issues, Fourier analysis.
2.Have the necessary electronic skills to produce a measurable signal from various sources.
3.Understand the following electronic components: Voltage dividers, Diodes, Rectifiers, Capacitors
Transistors.
4.Find applications in computer interfacing to other disciplines such as engineering, chemistry, medicine, meteorology.
5.Express their knowledge and ideas through written language
6.Analyze real physical problems. Through application of natural laws and computer logic they develop correct solutions to those problems.
7.Read and understand books and other literature that relates to basic electronics and computer interfacing.
8.Glean greater understanding of these topics from discussions with their peers.
9.Participate in increasingly complex experiments where the computer is interfaced to their environment.
REQUIREMENTS: Lectures, computer tutorials, experimenting with software, laboratory reports.
PREREQUISITES: Physics 250
Completion of or current enrollment in PH 332
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001