Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Fundamentals of Experimental Physics

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides a number of practical experiments that illustrate basic experimental techniques as well as demonstrating a variety of important concepts in Physics. It contains a small taught component that introduces the main ideas behind physical measurements and error handling as well as report writing.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to familiarize the student with basic experimental techniques so as to produce useful outputs from the experiments, and in so doing also help students understand better the theoretical concepts behind the particular experiments. It is also intended to teach the student how to present one's work in the appropriate scientific format.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- follow a set experimental procedure to obtain the desired result;
- apply the experimental measurements to the theory and formulae covered elsewhere in the course;
- obtain a practical, hands-on insight into the various principles and theories covered by the experiments;
- list and explain the basic health and safety procedures that should be followed in a laboratory.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- use a micrometer, vernier caliper and stopwatch to make measurements;
- perform basic Physics experiments using the provided laboratory equipment;
- identify sources of error in the experimental setup and procedure;
- devise precautions to limit the effect of sources of errors;
- take measurements and compute the required results;
- calculate the errors inherent in the result;
- use spreadsheet programs to perform calculations;
- produce a report in an accepted format detailing the work done and the results achieved;
- use a word processor to write and format a report.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite qualifications: An advanced level in Mathematics and intermediate level in Physics, or equivalent.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Practical

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical SEM2 No 100%
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LECTURER/S Karl Fiteni
Andrea De Marco (Co-ord.)
Andrew Finch

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