PHYS 3701 (from J. Roche)
PHYS3702 (from P. King)
- plan experiments taking into account the type and amount and accuracy of date needed to give reproducible and accurate results.
- make several different types of common laboratory measurements including for example small signal measurement and resonance measurement.
- use a computer to make plots and tables, do curve-fitting, do basic statistical analysis proficiently and relate the fit parameters to physical quantities.
- identify the claims, theoretical background, experimental evidence, and logical connections that hold their own argument together.
- communicate results ethically and effectively in the oral form authentic to Physics and Astronomy.
Zack M. suggested : "I think (18) and (19) can be dropped, since in my opinion they're already encompassed by (17). I would modify (15) to include (16) by tacking-on “…do sophisticated data analysis, including uncertainty analysis using professional standards”, or something like that."
- construct arguments and identify trends based on experimentally controlled observations.
- discuss the instrumentation used in an experimental investigation, including any systematic errors or biases that might be introduced by these
- work together in small groups to design and construct an experiment.
- maintain laboratory notebooks of sufficient quality for beginning graduate-level research
- use a computer to do sophisticated data analysis, including uncertainty analysis using professional
standards. PK agrees to ZM comments
perform uncertainty analysis using professional standards. PK agrees to ZM comments
- make written scientific arguments using a number of standard elements of technical communication
identify the claims, theoretical background, experimental
evidence, and logical connections that hold their own argument
together. PK agrees to ZM comments
evaluate and critique their own work, which includes evaluation of the quality of the scientific argument and overall presentation style. PK agrees to ZM comments
ASTR4271 (from R. Chornock)
- Be able to calculate and predict signal-to-noise ratio for CCD
observations of astronomical sources.
- Be able to calibrate astronomical measurements from detector output
to physical units.
- Demonstrate familiarity with optical photometric systems and their
- Be able to describe the basics of CCD design and operation.
- Illustrate the essential elements of writing successful observing
- Express the results of a scientific project in both written and
Learning outcomes suggested by AAPT
- Constructing knowledge: collect, analyze, and interpret real data from personal
observations of the physical world to develop a physical worldview.
- Modeling: develop abstract representations of real systems studied in the laboratory,
understand their limitations and uncertainties, and make predictions using models.
- Designing Experiments: develop, engineer, and troubleshoot experiments to test models and
hypotheses within specific constraints such as cost, time, safety, and available equipment.
- Developing technical and practical laboratory skills: become proficient using common test equipment in a range of standard laboratory measurements while being cognizant of
- Analyzing and visualizing data: analyze and display data using statistical methods and
critically interpret the validity and limitations of these data and their uncertainties.
- Communicating Physics: present results and ideas with reasoned arguments supported by
experimental evidence and utilizing appropriate and authentic written
and verbal forms.
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