Physics 364: Experimental Methods of Physics
Astronomy 421: Experimental Methods of Astrophysics
of Physics and Astronomy
Franklin & Marshall College
Welcome to the Fall 2014 edition of Physics 364:
Experimental Methods of Physics and Astronomy 421: Experimental Methods of
Astrophysics taught by Froney Crawford
and Ned Dixon. We are team
teaching this course and students signed up for either PHY 364 or AST
421 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 1:30 - 4:20
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 2:00-3:00 p.m., Tue 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Ned Dixon
Office: Hackman 227
Phone: (717) 358-4812
Office Hours: TBD
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 are available for consultation.
Please be sure to return these if you borrow
them so others can see them too.
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