Module Details

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Title PRACTICAL PHYSICS III
Code PHYS306
Coordinator Dr LA O'Brien
Physics
lobrien@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

To give further training in laboratory techniques, in the use of computer packages for modelling and analysis, and in the use of modern instruments. To develop independent judgement in performing physics experiments. To encourage students to research aspects of physics complementary to material met in lectures and tutorials. To consolidate the students ability to produce good quality work against realistic deadlines.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Experience of taking physics data with modern equipment

(LO2) Knowledge of experimental techniques not met in previous laboratory practice

(LO3) Improved skills in researching published papers and articles as source materials

(LO4) Developed a personal responsibility for assuring that data taken are of a high quality

(LO5) Increased skills in data taking and error analysis

(LO6) Increased skills in reporting experiments and an appreciation of the factors needed to produce clear and complete reports

(LO7) Improved skills in the time management and organisation of their experimental procedures to meet deadlines

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Organisational skills


Syllabus

 

Students carry out experiments in three 4-week blocks labelled A,B and C. Block A Radiation Detection Experiments concerns the detection of both beta and gamma radiation from sources, some of which are from samples that have been activated by a source of thermal neutrons. Block B X-Ray Experiments involves computer modelling to simulate x-ray diffraction from crystals followed by experiments to determine the crystal structures and lattice constants of unknown materials. Block C experiments which investigate wave and/or quantum phenomena.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Laboratory Work
Description: Individual work on a range of different experiments.
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours       108

    108
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 42
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
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Resit/resubmission
opportunity
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CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Lab Reports 3 Lab Reports (average grade taken across 3 reports) Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Weeks 5,9 and   Lab report, 10 page     100       

Recommended Texts

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