PHYS 275: Experimental Physics Laboratory

Course Description

This course will focus on the experiments of modern physics, that is, those experiments that were crucial in the development of quantum physics since the beginning of the 20th century. Topics will include blackbody radiation, the photoelectric effect, electron diffraction and atomic spectra. Our approach will be to examine the classical and modern theoretical descriptions, then compare the predictions of these models with measurements.

Useful Information

Dr. Yuly
Office Hours
MTWRF 1:30-2:30 PM

Class Time    
MWF 9:00-9:50 AM
P117, P207

Teaching          ,
Tyler Kowaleski

Course Materials

Oral Report Guide
Logbook Notes
Safety Contract

Laboratory Assignments

Warm-up Exercise
Photoelectric Effect
Blackbody Radiation
Compton Scattering
Electron Diffraction
Franck Hertz
           Franck Hertz Notes
Atomic Spectra


Experiment Student Team
Photoelectric Effect Noah, Joshua B
Blackbody Radiation Micah Co.
Compton Scattering Josh W, Matthew
Electron Diffraction Levi, Adam
Franck Hertz Experiment Malachi, Micah Ch.



Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, image from Wikimedia.

“it is especially in sciences… that we see the wonders of God, his power, wisdom and goodness; … that is why, since my youth, I have given myself to the science that I loved.”

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Leibniz Selections, ed. Philip P. Wiener. (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1951), p. 596.