Physics 122: Experimental Techniques

Fall Term, 2019

Class meets TTh 9:30 to 10:50 AM, Solis 111.
The lab session formally meets Wednesday: 2:00 to 5:50 PM in MHA 3544/3574
See the Academic Calendar for information on class dates and holidays.

Course Outline (PDF)



Lab Information

Professor and Teaching Assistant Contact Info


Tom Murphy
SERF Buliding (930), Room 336, 534-1844
Office hours: Tuesday 3–4 PM
Office hours also by appointment (e-mail, phone, personal, drop by)

Teaching Assistants:

Natalie Agre
Office: will use MHA 3544 (lab) as office
Office hours: Monday 3:00–4:30 PM
Office hours also by appointment
Adrian Wong
Office: will use MHA 3544 (lab) as office
Office hours: Tuesday 3:00–4:30 PM
Office hours also by appointment

Course Textbook

This course uses no textbook. However, for those interested in a book that has some coverage of these topics, you might check out:

Building Scientific Apparatus Third or Fourth Edition, by John H. Moore, Christopher C. Davis, and Michael A. Coplan; Perseus Books, Cambridge, MA; ISBN 0-8133-4006-3.

Course Description

A laboratory-lecture course designed to give undergraduate students experiences useful in modern physics laboratories. Topics covered include: mechanical design and machining; mechanics of materials; thermal design and control; vacuum and cryogenic technologies; optical raytracing and optics design; useful laboratory electronics; computer interface to scientific equipment. The laboratory portion will consist of mini-projects aimed at developing proficiency in the lecture topics. These will involve design, fabrication, and performance evaluation of a variety of original test apparatus.