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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 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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion113:0033:00Preparation for report writing
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion53:0015:00Completion of reports
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Preparation for MatLab assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Completion of MatLab assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Practical with class test
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00MatLab lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00MatLab practical sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical153:0045:00Laboratory practical
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Latex/report support
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study311:0031:00Studying, practising and gaining understanding of course
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study103:0030:00Preparation for lab sessions
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M251 class test and 1 MATLAB assessment, worth 12.5% each .
Practical/lab report1M125 experiments - each split evenly across Semester
Practical/lab report2M135 experiments - each split evenly across Semester
Practical/lab report2M20Write-up of a completed experiment as a formal report
Practical/lab report2M20Write-up of a completed experiment as a formal report
Practical/lab report1M10Write-up of a completed experiment as a formal report
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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