An experimental course that focuses on sample preparation. Projects may include the synthesis of ceramic materials and fabrication of thin films of these materials, nano particles of ceramic materials prepared by methods such as sol-gel and solid-state reactions, alloys and amorphous materials.
Students must have completed either PHYS 5P79 successfully or obtain the instructor's permission.
What does student need to bring into the course?
This course is designed for students with a strong passion for working as experimental physicists. Those enrolled in this course should be capable of conducting independent research by searching for scientific concepts through the internet and text books and obtaining practical ideas. Furthermore, students are expected to possess the ability to plan and design their experiments effectively. In the event of unsuccessful attempts, they should be able to adapt and switch to alternative logical plans to continue their scientific investigations.
The objective of the couese PHYS 5P81 is to achieve the following:
Learn to synthesize various types of materials, including bulk, thin film, and alloy.
Gain experience in the characterization of the prepared samples and study their properties.
Enhance scientific writing skills and effectively present scientific achivements.
Finally, develop capabilities for working in the industry or research areas.
In summary, the aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge and skills in material synthesis, characterization, scientific communication, and preparation for professional work in the industry or research sector.
Synthesizing a material depends on several factors, such as the type, size, shape, and intended application of the material. Due to this complexity, researchers may need to extensively review various references to determine the optimal conditions and methods for synthesis. In cases where the initial attempts are unsuccessful, modifications to the synthesis method might be necessary based on theoretical knowledge and previous experiences. This iterative process of refinement and adjustment is crucial to achieve succesful material synthesis. Hence, there is no specific individual references assigned for this course.
Communication with the Instructor
your instructor operates with an open-door policy, allowing you to seek one-on-one assisstance and ask questions at any time, except during restricted hours.
Students are required to present their proposed synthesis method and provide a rationale for their selection. This includes a detailed explanation of the reasons behind their choice.
Performance During Materials Preparation
Students will be evaluated based on their demonstration of both interest and precision in the preparation of their samples.
Performance During Materials Characterization
Students' evaluation will be based on their application of knowledge acquired from course 5p79 and their ability to demonstrate reduced dependency while analyzing their samples.
Final Report / Presentation
The final presentation will be assessed based on its comprehensiveness, smoothness, and professional preparation. The presenter is expected to effectively address all their results and respond to at least 80 % of the instructor and audience's questions.
Note: To receive a grade in this course, it is mandatory to compelete all lab assignments and attend all lab sessions and cooperate well with your laboratory fellow.
All students must be familiar with and adhere to the rules outlined in Brock University's Academic Integrity Policy. Additionally, all graduate students must engage in their studies with the utmost integrity in accordance with Brock's integrity policy.
Note: Individuals who have compeleted any of PHYS 5P79, or PHYS 5P80, is expected to hold valid certificates for all necessary Health and Safety courses obtained prior to enrollment.
All the lab reports must be written in LaTeX. Students can access to the Physics Template from here.
Late lab report will Not be accepted.
Students are responsible for their own learning. While the experiments are designed to guide and assist them, the real effort of mastering the course material lies with student themselves. To maximize their learning experience, it is crucial to dedicate time to update your knowledge with recent research achivements in your field. Consistent reading, studying, and working on their project, helps solidify student's learning into long-term memory. This ensures student to build upon their knowledge and skills in their future career.
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