2021 Experimental Physics

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Undergraduate major in Physics
Kanamori Hideto 
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Course description and aims

[summary] The lecture will be given for the basics of the physics experiments. The topics will be, how to write experiment's note, writing a good report, processing and statistics of data, optical measurements, technique for the vacuum operation, the particle detection techniques, circuit board works.

[aim] These knowledges will become useful when taking the 'Experiments in Physics A' and 'Experiments in Physics B'.

Student learning outcomes

[the goal] To learn the basic knowledge and techniques for the physics experiment, and the main principles behind.
In order to observe and verify the law of the nature, the students need to learn experimental techniques as well as the
documenting skills and interpretation of the experimental procedures, and the results.
Also the understanding of experiment itself and the data processing techniques are important.
In this class, the student can learn these basics of the physics experiment.


physics experiment, data processing, experiment report

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In general, the lectures will be given with slides.
Occasionally the small experiments will be carried out as a demonstration.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance of this lecture, the ethics learning of the experiment, Necessity of experimental proof precision measurements and discoveres in physics
Class 2 Fundamentals of vacuum Kinetic theory of ideal gas and mean free path Conductance and evacuation equation priciple of vacuum pumps and Vacuum gauges
Class 3 Fundamentals of optics Characteristics of light Principle of emission and detection
Class 4 Fundamentals of electronics Signal to noise ratio, Concept of the impedance Processing of fast pulse, signals from detectors
Class 5 Fundamentals of radiation measurement Basics properties of the radiations Interaction of particles with matter
Class 6 Data processing and the statistics Basic quantities of errors in statistics Errors and its propagation
Class 7 Fundamental physics research using precious measurement how to write a good report for experiments

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to prepare and review class contents.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

'Physics Experiment' edited by TokyoTech Physics department

Assessment criteria and methods

The end of term exams, reports and the students participations

Related courses

  • PHY.L202 : Experiments in Physics A
  • PHY.L203 : Experiments in Physics B
  • PHY.L210 : Computational Physics

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