- Code PHYS6711
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- 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 PGRD
- AsPr Matthew Sellars
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2023
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In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
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.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, 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;
- Evaluate the reliability of a measurement.
- Assignments (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Regular Quizzes (10) [LO 1,2]
- Labs (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 120 hours throughout the semester including:
• Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week and 6 hours of labs throughout the semester.
• Approximately 88 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingPeter 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|
|2935||20 Feb 2023||27 Feb 2023||31 Mar 2023||26 May 2023||In Person||N/A|