Experimental Physics OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Class on Experimental Physics by MIT

Published Jan 31, 2009

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An in-depth study of physics lab material is presented in 'Experimental Physics I and II 'Junior Lab'. 'This OpenCourseWare is offered for free online by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and covers material from two semesters of the on-campus course. This course is ideal for individuals preparing for a bachelor's degree in Physics.

Experimental Physics I and II 'Junior Lab': Course Specifics

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Experimental Physics I and II 'Junior Lab': Course Description

This OpenCourseWare provides practical, lab-based application to the concepts studied in physics. Emphasis is placed on nuclear and atomic physics. This course combines two semesters' worth of lab material into one OpenCourseWare and begins with basic lab experiments, such as optics, photoelectric effect and electromagnetic pulses. Other first-semester labs explore such concepts as the Franck-Hertz experiment, relativistic dynamics and neutron physics. Material covered in second-semester labs deals with the Zeeman effect, Mössbauer spectroscopy and quantum information processing. A team of faculty from MIT's Physics department contributes to this OpenCourseWare. Individuals who take this course often take 'Quantum Physics III' concurrently.

Lab instructions and special, downloadable software can be found online for free. Students interested in this course can find more detailed information on the Experimental Physics course home page.

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