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Physics 111 Advanced Applied Laboratory is an intensive 3-unit laboratory course for 3rd- and 4th-year physics students at the University of California, Berkeley. It follows the Physics 111 Basic Semiconductor Circuits course , which introduces students to electronics, measurement techniques, signal processing, computerized data acquisition, and control. With these tools, students in the Advanced Lab section of Physics 111 undertake four experiments, each taking 2-4 weeks to perform. The students select these experiments from 20 or so experiments permanently set up in the Lab. They represent a wide range of topics and techniques used in experimental physics. Many of the experiments replicate Nobel prize-winning studies and all are designed to develop skills essential to research.


What to do First

  • NOTE 1: All students log into bSpace and go to the Section Quiz and Survey. Complete the Signature Card then submit it before you come to the Lab. You must complete this before starting anything in the Lab.
  • NOTE 2: All students come to the introduction meeting on the first Day of Class in 282 LeConte Hall at 1:00 PM.
  • NOTE 3: Each student must have your picture available in the Univeristy of California at Berkeley's bSpace site. If NOT you must then turn in a PASSPORT PHOTO (not your passport but an actual passport photo) on the first day of Lab for security purposes.
  • NOTE 4: All Advanced Lab Students are required to do the Error Analysis Lab within the first week.

Attention: There is NO eating or drinking in the 111-Lab anywhere, except in room 286 LeConte on the bench with the BLUE tape around it. Thank You the Staff.

Physics 111 Advanced Lab Syllabus and due dates

Physics 111-Lab Syllabus and due dates can be found: Advanced Lab Syllabus

Physics 111-Lab Library Reference Site

Reprints and other information can be found on the Physics 111 Library Site.

About This Wiki

This site supplements the Instrumentation site 111-Lab BSC course web site by providing the lab manual for each experiment in the Physics 111 Advanced Laboratory. Each link in the "Advanced Lab Experiments" sidebar to the left leads to Wiki pages containing a guide to the experiment, including Pre-Lab Questions, references, theory, and instructions.

For students currently enrolled in the course

You can view and print any pages on the wiki without having an account or logging in.

If you see errors in the lab writeups or places that need improvement, talk to your instructors. They can edit the wiki quickly to make minor changes so that the next student gets the improved version. If you see the need for extensive revisions, print out the page and write in your suggestions to give to the instructor. In some cases, we will give a students an account to edit the wiki if they propose some useful improvements. We really value input from students to make the labs better.

For other visitors of our Wiki

This Wiki is open to the public to view but not to edit. Copyright is held by the University of California Regents. However, we gladly make content available to other schools for non-profit educational use. Some links to copyright-protected references and software are not available to anyone without authentication as a Physics 111 student or staff.


Professor Jan Liphardt initiated this site at the suggestion of Steven Wasserman and wrote a document converter to create Wiki pages from Microsoft Word files. Two Segrè Interns, Nick Ravn and Diana Lee, spent much of July 2007 converting the lab writeups from Word to Wiki, entering all the equations in LaTeX, and figuring out how to administer the Wiki site. Tom Colton and Don Orlando currently administer the Wiki and do much of the editing.

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