PHYS: 471/472: Physics Project Laboratory
Participation with a faculty member in an individual research project. May be repeated for credit. Liberal Arts. This course has a fee. Prerequisite: Instructor permission
In the real world of laboratory research, there is no “answer book” that you can go to, and there isn’t a teacher ready to show you how to do it. It demands that you apply all of the skills and knowledge you have learned in your other courses, as well as learn new things like machine shop or programming techniques. The purpose for this course is to help you “put it all together” – that is, to see how what you have learned in your academic physics courses can be used to solve real-world problems.
A research problem is not solved by apparatus; it is solved in a man's head.
— Charles F. Kettering