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Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 457W Experimental Physics (3) Selected experiments in various fields in physics.

PHYS 457W Experimental Physics (3)

An intermediate laboratory course, required of all Physics majors and taken by other students, typically in their junior/senior years, this course provides an introduction to modern laboratory techniques and instrumentation used in research labs. Typical 'short' experiments include X-ray diffraction, Compton scattering, velocity of light determination, high-temperature superconductors, Raman scattering, Hall effect, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and many others, as well as long experiments. This three-credit course also serves as the writing-intensive course at the 400-level for most Physics majors. One- and two-credit versions of Physics 457 (without the writing-intensive component) are taken by science and education students outside of Physics.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214 andPHYS 237

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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