X-Ray Machine Tests and X-Ray Experiments for Undergraduate Physics Laboratories
Krueger, Mark D.
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The Problem. In the spring of 1977, the Drake University Physics Department acquired an X-ray machine. There was a need to convert this device to an educational tool so it could be used on an undergraduate level. Procedure. First, the machine was tested to find its range limits. Secondly, numerous experiments were designed to use the X-ray machine. Findings. The X-ray machine has a wide range of uses and can be used on an undergraduate level for many laboratories. Dosimeters and film are both very useful tools in the detection of radiation; however, considering each experiment designed, one method of detection proved more useful than the other for that given experiment. Conclusions. The Drake University X-ray machine be extremely helpful for undergraduate students in the life sciences. The machine will provide many new experiments not available before and will supplement both physics and life science courses within the Drake University curriculum. Recommendations. Recommendations are that the Drake University X-ray machine be used in the future for undergraduate physics laboratories for the life sciences. Also, it is recommended that the laboratories designed be used by junior-senior physics level students as introductory experiments to X-rays and X-ray related phenomena.
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