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PHYS 2023 - Modern Physics Laboratory
Course last offered 
Fall 2020/21
Yee Fai NG
No. of credits

Teaching Pattern
  • Duration of course: about 13 weeks
  • Tutorial hour(s) / laboratory hour(s) per week: 1 / 2
In Modern Physics Lab, students will learn how to make scientific observations and measurements, and how to present and understand these measurements by means of graphs and tables. Students will learn the inherent limitations of the measurements and how to assess accuracies and errors. These techniques can be, and are being, applied to a large number of fields outside physics, such as social, behavioral and life sciences. There are eight experiments scheduled for this course and we hope that these experiments will give students a greater conceptual “feel” and understanding of the principles which they have learnt in their Modern Physics lecture course. The eight experiments are given below:
  • Direct measurement of the Speed of Light
  • Blackbody Radiation
  • Electrical Conduction in Solids
  • Photoelectric Effect
  • Charge-to-mass ratio of the Electron
  • Electron Diffraction
  • The Balmer Series of Hydrogen
  • Radioactive Decay and Radiation Absorption
  • Corequisite: PHYS 2022
  • Laboratory accompanying PHYS 2022