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PHY1030 : Laboratory Physics 1

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To introduce and enhance the practical skills required for experimental physics. To develop an understanding of error propagation. To introduce the Matlab programing language as a tool for data presentation and analysis.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Practical experience with concepts presented in lectures
•       Physical measurement equipment
•       Presentation of data and results in a clear and logical manner
•       Analysis of data
•       Error propagation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion86:0048:00Report Writing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical203:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work43:0012:00End of year project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery33:009:00Latex
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study711:0071:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Information is provided through the use of laboratory sheets and lecture based instruction for key principles. Students self learn through the practical exercises to achieve the specific learning outcomes for that activity. Peer learning and group work is an important contributor to achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M2Practical – DC. Practical work based on prep and lab book.
Practical/lab report1M2Practical – AC. Practical work based on prep and lab book.
Practical/lab report1M2Practical – Ballistics. Practical work based on prep and lab book.
Practical/lab report1M2Practical – Cavendish. Practical work based on prep and lab book.
Practical/lab report1M2Practical – Pendulum. Practical work based on prep and lab book.
Practical/lab report1M5Lab report 1. Max 1500 words.
Practical/lab report2M4Practical – Interferometer. Practical work based on prep and lab book.
Practical/lab report2M4Practical – Boltzman. Practical work based on prep and lab book.
Practical/lab report2M4Practical – Biot Savart. Practical work based on prep and lab book.
Practical/lab report2M4Practical – LCR. Practical work based on prep and lab book.
Practical/lab report2M4Practical – Specific e/m. Practical work based on prep and lab book.
Practical/lab report2M30Lab report 2 and 3. This consist of 2 reports (Max 2000 words each).
Report2M35Group project. Traditional write up or poster (max 2500 words).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The laboratory session provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of laboratory physics. A portion of the lab report mark goes to good record keeping and preparation for the experiment. Lab write-ups test the student’s understanding of the results, their ability to communicate their results and their skills with the introduced programing languages.

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