- Code PHYS3711
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Physics Education Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Photonics, Physics, Science
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Robert Ward
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2020
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How do we know what we know, and how well do we know it? Measurement underpins our understanding of the physical world, and great care must be taken in the design, operation, and analysis of measurement systems to avoid hoodwinking ourselves. In this course, taught by experts, you will learn crucial techniques in the design and operation of measurement systems and apparatuses. Along the way, you’ll learn how to avoid common pitfalls that confound many experiments. Topics covered will include: feedback control, statistical analysis and limit theorems, types of noise and mitigation strategies, types of measurements and sensors, signal conditioning and processing, measurement limits. Key concepts and systems-level considerations will be illustrated with case-studies of sophisticated instrumentation and measurement systems.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and be able to describe the principles of scientific measurement;
- Identify appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques and apply them to scientific data;
- Analyse a measurement system.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Assignments 30% (LO1-3)
- Regular Quizzes 10% (LO 1-2)
- Labs 20% (LO1-3)
- Exam 40% (LO1-3)
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Workload120 hours of total student learning time, including 42 hours of lectures and drop-in sessions, 6 hours of laboratory work spread over the semester and individual study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Peter Saulson, Fundamentals of Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detection (any edition)
Alan S. Morris, Measurement & Instrumentation Principles (most recent edition)
Robert B. Northrup, Introduction to Instrumentation and Measurements, (most recent edition)
Assumed KnowledgeBasic computing, Fourier analysis, basic linear algebra. 12 units of university level mathematics for physicists and engineers. 12 units of first year university advanced level physics.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3543||24 Feb 2020||02 Mar 2020||08 May 2020||05 Jun 2020||In Person||N/A|