This book is designed to be used at the advanced undergraduate and introductory graduate level in physics, applied physics and engineering physics. The objectives are to demonstrate the principles of experimental practice in physics and physics related engineering. The text shows how measurement, experiment design, signal processing and modern instru-mentation can be used most effectively. The emphasis is to review techniques in important areas of application so that a reader develops his or her own insight and knowledge to work with any instrument and its manual. Questions are provided throughout to assist the student towards this end. Laboratory practice in temperature measurement, optics, vacuum practice, electrical measurements and nuclear instrumentation is covered in detail.A Solution Manual will be provided for the instructors.
· Extensive opportunities are provided to use spreadsheet methods in experiment design and evaluation.· A major section deals with experiment design, signal to noise enhancement and operational and phase sensitive amplifiers for acquisition and processing of data, including computer-based instrumentation systems and standard interfaces such as the IEEE 488.· International and national regulations covering laboratory practice are reviewed.· Design examples and problems are presented in each chapter, many of them relating to live situations. Questions are provided throughout.