Upon successful completion of the course, students will have met the laboratory - experimental methodology of studying and receiving data on basic concepts governing the natural phenomena related to light, electrons, atoms. Students will have observed and studied simple quantum phenomena. They will have acquired the ability to manipulate complex experimental devices and use techniques to describe atomic phenomena. Finally, they will be familiar with the concepts of measurement accuracy and experimental errors and will have the ability to incorporate them into the analysis of their experimental data.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Estimation of the experimental error of a single measurement. Error propagation. Least square fitting. Non-elastic electron scattering (Frank – Hertz experiment). Photoelectric effect (experimental estimation of the Planck’s constant). Wave nature of the electrons (electron diffraction). Experimental estimation of the e/m ratio of electrons. Thermionic emission (Richardson formula). A study of the energy quantum levels of Na atoms via the observation of atomic spectra as well as observation of their fine structure.
Light, photon, electron, scattering, wave nature, e/m ratio, thermionic emission, photoelectric effect, Planck’s constant, electron diffraction, Richardson law, atomic energy levels, atomic spectra, fine structure, experimental error, error propagation