Modern Physics Laboratory

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern Physics Laboratory

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-requisites: 1301BPS Physics A AND 1302BPS Physics B

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    This course emphasises Modern Physics. It includes experiments on topics such as black-body radiation, gamma rays from radioactive sources, interferometry, microwave devices, resonance phenomena, diffraction and Fourier transforms, the Hall effect, the electronic charge-to-mass ratio, the Frank-Hertz experiment and the photoelectric effect.

    Course Introduction
    Physics is a discipline that encompasses both theory and experiment. Most of the courses in the Physics major are theoretical in nature so that concepts can be introduced. This course is mostly experimentally based with some theory. It provides the application of many concepts introduced in the theoretical physics courses.

    The experimental tasks are based on some of the seminal work that ushered in the era of Modern Physics. As such, they have great value as companions to theory components taught in other courses. As well, the exercises illustrate key aspects of the scientific method as applied to research in Physics.

    Course Aims
    Physics is a discipline that encompasses both theory and experiment. Most of the courses in the Physics
    major are theoretical in nature so that concepts can be introduced. This course is experimentally based
    and both illustrates and complements the theory courses. It provides the application of many concepts
    introduced in the theoretical physics courses.

    The experimental tasks are based on some of the seminal work that ushered in the era of Modern Physics.
    As such, they have great value as companions to theory components taught in other courses. As well, the
    exercises illustrate key aspects of the scientific method as applied to research in Physics.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  Operate a variety of key laboratory apparatus'.
    2  Gather and analyse scientific data and use this data to relate theoretical and experimental aspects of modern physics.
    3  Quantify experimental errors and analyse their importance to laboratory outcomes.
    4  Discuss the importance of the experiments conducted in the course in the development of modern physics.
    5  Review and discuss the development of modern experimental physics.
    6  The ability to work within a group dynamic in the pursuit of scientific discovery.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.