PHYS 524 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Survey of Instrumentation and Laboratory Techniques

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Instructors: George Gollin, Ivan Velkovsky, Gregory Hallewell, Brian Mercer, and Tim Barklow.

Teaching assistant/grader: Wei-Hsiang (Samuel) Peng

Course description

This course will introduce students to a broader spectrum of devices than they can be expected to encounter in their Physics 523 projects. The goal of the course is to familiarize students with some of the techniques available to them when defining and proposing a technical project in an unfamiliar domain. There will be two 50 minute classes each week, split into a discussion of basic principles and a simple hands-on laboratory exercise. The list of topics–which is not intended to be exhaustive–will evolve, according to the interests of the class and instructors. Material will be clustered into units of varying duration, as indicated on the Topics page. The lists of suggested readings and references are advisory; a large amount of material of excellent quality is now available on the worldwide web, particularly on the sites of university courses addressing the topics of each unit. There are no formal prerequisites other than prior completion of a rigorous undergraduate major (or minor) in physics, astronomy, or a related field.

Learning objectives

As a result of completing this course, students will be able to

Meeting Times

Two 50-minute class sessions per week (Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 - 1:50), split into a discussion of basic principles and a simple hands-on laboratory exercise.

Credit and grading

Students must register for this course in the fall semester for a total of 2 credit hours. Grading is by letter.

Academic Integrity

All activities in this course, including documentation submitted for petition for an excused absence, are subject to the Academic Integrity rules as described in Article 1, Part 4, Academic Integrity, of the Student Code.