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Department of Physics
Undergraduate Students

Physics 308 - Intermediate Laboratory-Electromagnetic
Fields and Optics

Physics 308 is a laboratory based course in Electromagnetic Fields and Optics mainly associated with the subject matter of Physics 322 and Physics 325. Physics 308 is the second course in the Intermediate Lab sequence taken by Physics majors except for those who take the combination (Physics307-407) recommended for those students going on to graduate level experimental physics. The current experiments are:

  1. LCR Circuit.
  2. Electric Fields.
  3. Helmholtz Coil.
  4. Dipole Fields.
  5. Diffraction.
  6. Grating Spectrometer.
  7. Michelson Interferometer.
  8. Fabry-Perot Interferometer.

Students generally work with a lab partner and keep a lab notebook which is graded on a weekly basis. There is an emphasis on the proper error analysis of data. The write-up of the Dipole Field Experiment (PDF) is shown here.

Prerequisites: Physics 202 or 208, Physics 322, Physics 325. Physics 205, 241, or 244 are recommended.

Text: "Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences", by P.R.Bevington and D.K. Robinson.


Last updated: 2/18/2007
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