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First of all I believe this is the right forum as it isn't necessarily homework but more of a discussion about possible projects/experiments for a modern physics class. If it is in the incorrect forum could a mod please move it.

I am currently taking a physics 3 course that offers students the option of doing a project that is course related for 5% of your overall grade. A chronological list of topics covered in the course can be seen below.

- Temperature, ideal gas equation, heat, first law of thermodynamics

- Kinetic theory of gases, entropy, second law of thermodynamics

- Einstein's postulates, Lorentz transformation

- Time dilation and length contraction, doppler effect, relativistic momentum and energy, mass energy conversion

- General relativity, quantization of electric charge, blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect

- x-rays and compton effect

- Atomic spectra, Rutherford's nuclear model, Bohr model of hydrogen atom, x-ray spectra, Franck-Hertz experiment

- de Broglie, particle wavelengths and wave packets, wave function, uncertainty principle, wave-particle duality

- Schrodinger equation in one dimension, square wells harmonic oscillator

- Reflection and transmission of waves

- Schrodinger equation in three dimensions, hydrogen atom quantization of angular momentum and energy, electron spin

- spin-orbit effect, two particle system, classical and quantum statistics, Bose-Einstein condensation

- chemical bonding, ionic, covalent, spectra of diatomic molecules, scattering, absorption, stimulated emission

- structure of solids, classical theory of conduction

- free electron gas, quantum theory of conduction, semiconductors, super conductors

Having read up to general relativity thus far and scanning through the other content to be covered in the book I am unable to think of a good idea for a project. A good bit of the experiments seem to require radiation.. I was hoping to find a project where I could use my programming skills and knowledge of electronics. I'm familiar with c, matlab and java.

If you guys have any ideas of anything in particular I should look in to please let me know.

Thanks!

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