Experimental Physics I & II "Junior Lab"

Rubidium magnetometer with two huge coils.

Rubidium magnetometer. (Image by Sarah Hansen at MIT OpenCourseWare.)


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Fall 2016 - Spring 2017



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Course Description

Junior Lab consists of two undergraduate courses in experimental physics. The course squence is usually taken by Juniors (hence the name). Officially, the courses are called Experimental Physics I and II and are numbered 8.13 for the first half, given in the fall semester, and 8.14 for the second half, given in the spring.

The purposes of Junior Lab are to give students hands-on experience with some of the experimental basis of modern physics and, in the process, to deepen their understanding of the relations between experiment and theory, mostly in atomic and nuclear physics. Each term, students choose several different experiments from a list of 21 total labs.

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Gunther Roland, Janet Conrad, Sean Robinson, and Physics Department Faculty, Lecturers, and Technical Staff. 8.13-14 Experimental Physics I & II "Junior Lab". Fall 2016 - Spring 2017. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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