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Courses - Fall 2023
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Experimental Physics I: Mechanics and Heat
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in PHYS171 or PHYS161.
Additional information: General Education Natural Sciences Lab (DSNL) Course only when taken concurrently with PHYS171 or PHYS161.
A first course for physics majors and interested engineering students introducing the methods of experimental science. Students learn to identify various statistical data distributions, carry out rigorous uncertainty analysis, and test whether a given theoretical model adequately describes the observed phenomena. These concepts are applied to sophisticated physical systems that exhibit complex behavior and can yield remarkably precise and accurate results. Experiments are chosen from the areas of mechanics and waves.