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This subject introduces students to the use of computational techniques in the investigation of problems in physics and develops students' skills in experimental physics within areas of optics, acoustics, electromagnetism, classical nuclear and quantum physics. Students will develop programming skills and learn a range of numerical methods commonly used in physics research.
Intended learning outcomes
Students completing this subject should be able to:
- apply critical reasoning to the evaluation of experimental data and sources of experimental uncertainty;
- use experimental log books effectively; and
- present clearly the results of experimental work;
- construct computer programs that implement algorithms for the solution of problems in physics and the modeling of experimental data;
- apply elementary computational techniques such as finite difference approximations, root finding, quadrature, numerical solutions of ordinary differential equations and discrete Fourier series to physical problems.
A student who completes this subject should be able to:
- Explain their understanding of physics principles and applications lucidly, both in writing and orally;
- Describe the experimental and observational basis of the physical principles presented in the subject, both in writing and orally;
- Express mathematical descriptions of physical processes in a form accessible to numerical computation;
- Participate as an effective member of a group in tutorial discussions and study groups;
- Think independently and analytically and direct his or her own learning;
- Manage time effectively in order to be prepared for regular tutorial classes, tests, the examination and to complete assignments.
Last updated: 2 December 2019