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PHYS6008 Physics from Evidence II

Module Overview

A wide variety of physics topics is covered, showing the experimental evidence underlying a number of topics in physics encountered in lecture courses and textbooks. Students are also introduced to techniques they might encounter in a physics-related career.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The primary aim of this course is to show students the experimental evidence underlying a number of topics in physics encountered in lecture courses and textbooks and thereby reinforce and enhance their understanding. A secondary aim is to introduce students to techniques they might encounter in a physics-related career.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • To have achieved the specific learning outcomes listed for each topic in the course manual
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To have improved their presentation and communication skills through writing a report, delivering a paper and participating in a poster session
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To have further developed their general laboratory skills such as planning, observation, record keeping, processing and interpreting results

Syllabus

A wide variety of physics topics is covered. These currently include: - High Temperature Superconductors, Preparation and Characterisation - X-Ray Diffraction, X-Ray fluorescence - High Resolution Gamma Ray Spectroscopy - Scintillation Counter Telescope - Dielectric constant of gases - Refractive index of gases - Experimental Neodymium - YAG Laser - Laser Doppler Anemometry - Fluorescence of laser glasses - Computational Modelling Analysis of astronomical data - Measurement of fundamental constants - Magnetic susceptibility of ferromagnets and antiferromagnets.

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Wider reading or practice45
Completion of assessment task105
Total study time150

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The 4 scripted experiments are each assessed by a staff demonstrator and a 30 minute viva. The Micro-project is assessed by a staff demonstrator. Referral Method: There is no referral opportunity for this syllabus in same academic year. The Poster presentation is assessed by a panel including staff and postgraduate demonstrators.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Micro-project 16%
Poster Presentation 20%
Scripted Experiments 64%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework marks carried forward 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Prerequisites: PHYS3004 and PHYS3007 and PHYS3008 (or PHYS3002)

Pre-requisites

To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

CodeModule
PHYS3004Crystalline Solids
PHYS3007Theories of Matter, Space and Time
PHYS3008Atomic Physics
PHYS3002Nuclei and Particles
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