Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Experimental Physics

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides a number of numerical and lab experiments that illustrate numerical and experimental techniques. It is meant to build on the experimental and computational techniques that the students have learned during the first year. In the case of computational experiments, this is carried through a short advanced course on numerical techniques followed by a number of applications that preferentially will relate to topic being covered in other units during the second year. In the case of experimental labs, the candidates will be presented with more advanced experiments as compared to those covered in first year that again preferentially relate to topic being covered in other study units. The lab sheets will also contain less detail so that the candidates are induced to work more independently.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to strengthen the student's knowledge of numerical and experimental techniques so as to identify and produce useful outputs from experiments. In so doing the student will understand better the theoretical concepts behind the particular experiments that relate to the second year teaching of the joint honours degree in physics.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- write a structured program meant to solve numerical problems using Python;
- 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:

- write programs using Python to carry out data analysis;
- solve problems using numerical techniques;
- use a variety of instruments to make measurements;
- perform 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;
- make 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: Follows from PHY1105 Fundamentals of Experimental Physics and PHY1135 Introduction to Computational Physics

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Practical

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical SEM2 No 100%
Important - Due to the COVID19 Pandemic the information regarding the method of assessment indicated above may have been changed. Further details have been provided by your F/I/C/S.

LECTURER/S Alessio Magro (Co-ord.)

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