Physics 364: Experimental Methods of Physics
Astronomy 475: Experimental Methods of Astrophysics
of Physics and Astronomy
Franklin & Marshall College
Welcome to the Fall 2011 edition of Physics 364:
Experimental Methods of Physics and Astronomy 475: Experimental Methods of
Astrophysics taught by Froney Crawford
and Ken Krebs. We are team
teaching this course and students signed up for either PHY 364 or AST
475 will meet together in this one combined course.
We will hand out a tentative schedule at the start off the semester
which outlines the expected lab sequence. In addition, we have a lab
manual which contains descriptions of these labs and has auxiliary
information such as a summary of expectations for the course and
documents on uncertainty, journal formats for writeups,
and some data sheets
which will prove useful in some of the labs. We will go over all of this in person.
We will regularly meet in Hackman 220
(the senior lab) on Tue and Thu from 2:15 - 4:35 p.m..
However, apart from these meeting times, it will be necessary
from time to time for you to come in on your own to finish up lab work
or analysis. For the several astronomy projects we have scheduled, we
will have to meet in the evenings. Since the class is small, we will
arrange this in person after the start of the course.
Instructor contact information:
Come see us anytime.
Instructor: Froney Crawford
Office: Hackman 421
Phone: (717) 358-4499
Office Hours: Mon 2-4 p.m., Tue 4:30-6 p.m.
Instructor: Ken Krebs
Office: Hackman 200 (chair's office)
Phone: (717) 291-4136 (secretary's office)
Office Hours: Mon 11-12, Wed 2:30-3:30 p.m., Thu 12:45-1:30 p.m.
We will be doing the following labs this semester, which are described in detail
in the lab manual.
- RC Circuits and Filters
- Take a Solar Cell Into Space
- Coupled Oscillators
- IRAF Tutorial Exercises
- An Introduction to CCD Observations
- Color Photometry of a Mystery Star
- Ferromagnetic Transition in Nickel
- Temperature Dependence of a Diode
- Independent Lab Exploration
Textbooks and Resources
There are no required textbooks for the course, but several books
which will be useful for the optical astronomy portion of the course
are available for consultation in the Astro chart room (Hackman
420). Please be sure to return these to the chart room if you borrow
them so others can see them too.
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