Experimental Laboratory for Astrophysics II - PHY00010I

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  • Department: Physics
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Kevin O'Grady
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

  • None

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

The second year experimental laboratory seeks to build on the knowledge and experience gained in the first year. The laboratory is organised on a zoned (thematic) basis, which comprises two physics zones (40% of the module) and 2 1.5 physics zones (40% of the module) and 1.5 astrophysics zones (40% of the module), with special emphasis on the use and critical evaluation of modern (computer-based) instrumentation. This module also includes a LabView interfacing zone (20% of the module) and an Electronics zone (20% of the module). which are important in many areas of experimental physics and astrophysics. The laboratory is a balance of experiments designed to support formal lecture teaching and new topics.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate good experimental practice including appropriate awareness of safety

Demonstrate quality of record keeping.

Be able to plan and execute experiments over an extended time

Be able to demonstrate critical assessment of your measurements and results

Be able to identify and assess errors

Critically discuss your experimental results

Have developed further skills in a range of experimental techniques and in the operation of equipment and appropriate data analysis and processing software beyond that in the 1st year laboratory.

Be able to communicate and present your experimental work in the format of a leading scientific journal.

Demonstrate the ability to use LabVIEW software for interfacing equipment to a computer.

Interpret Limb darkening

Understand how to correct and study astronomical images

Understand the optics used in modern telescopes

parameterise and characterise a telescope that the students build

Module content

Students taking this module should have also taken either PHY00012C, PHY00013C or PHY00014C,

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Lab Notebook
N/A 56
Essay/coursework
Report 1 (Term 1)
N/A 22
Essay/coursework
Report 2 (Term 2)
N/A 22

Special assessment rules

Non-compensatable

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Re-assessment: Lab Notebook
N/A 50

Module feedback

Laboratory books - Your laboratory note book will be marked, and annotated, by your demonstrator. You will get verbal feedback on your work at this time.

Formal reports - You will receive your report back along with a mark sheet that provides a mark and a set of comments/suggestions for each section of the report. Following the first term report, you will receive feedback (as a group) during Term 2 to guide you in the preparation of the second report. Individual verbal feedback on formal reports will be provided if requested (see the Laboratory Coordinator for this).

Indicative reading

Laboratory Scripts- Lab Scripts will be provided.



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