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Module

PHY1030 : Laboratory Physics 1

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Noel Healy
  • Lecturer: Dr Angela Dyson, Dr Chris Graham
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
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 programming language as a tool for data presentation and analysis.

Outline Of Syllabus

Use of Matlab for numerical computing. Getting started, input and output, data types, plotting and simple calculations, control statements, functions, random variables.
• 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Completion of MatLab assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Practical with class test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion215:0030:00Preparation for report writing
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion28:0016:00Completion of reports
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Preparation for MatLab assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00MatLab practical sessions Present in Person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical63:0018:00Laboratory Present in Person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00Laboratory techniques
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Remote practical support
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study51:005:00Lecture Materials MATLAB lectures
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study551:0055:00Studying, practising and gaining understanding of course
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study103:0030:00Preparation for lab sessions, reading scripts and background research.
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 during the practical lab sessions to achieving the intended learning outcomes. The computing sessions provide the opportunity for students to understand the syntax and structure of computer code to enable this to support their studies in the future.
Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M25ICA
Portfolio1M20Portfolio comprising 3 out of 4 of the remote laboratory sessions
Practical/lab report2M20Write-up of a completed experiment as a formal report
Practical/lab report2M20Write-up of a completed experiment as a formal report
Computer assessment1M15Numbas test on uncertainties & error propagation.
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.

Reading Lists

Timetable