Spring 2021

Signals and Noise Laboratory

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as PHYS-226

Formerly listed as: PHYS-26


Larry R. Hunter (Section 01)


How do we gather information to refine our models of the physical world? This course is all about data: acquiring data, separating signals from noise, analyzing and interpreting data, and communicating results. Much – indeed nearly all – data spend some time as an electrical signal, so we will study analog electronics. In addition, students will become familiar with contemporary experimental techniques, instrumentation, and/or computational methods. Throughout, students will develop skills in scientific communication, especially in the written form. Six hours of laboratory work per week.

All course meetings will be in-person to the extent possible. Provisions will be available for remote learning, including recorded class meetings, online activities, synchronous discussions and office hours, and kits that allow completion of the labs.

Requisite: PHYS 225 or consent of the instructor. Open to juniors and seniors. Spring semester. The Department. 


Attention to Writing, Lab Science Course, Quantitative Reasoning


2021-22: Offered in Spring 2022
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021