Module Details

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Title Practical Physics I
Code PHYS106
Coordinator Dr F Jaeckel
Physics
Frank.Jaeckel@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level One Whole Session 15

Aims

To provide a core of essential introductory laboratory methods which overlap and develop from A-Level; to introduce the basis of experimental techniques in physical measurement, basic probability/statistics, the use of computer techniques in analysis, and to provide experience in doing experiments, keeping records and writing reports; to complement the core physics program with experimental examples of material taught in the lecture courses.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An awareness of the importance of accurate experimentation, particularly observation and record keeping.

(LO2) An ability to plan, execute and report on the results of an investigation using appropriate analysis of the data and associated uncertainties.

(LO3) An ability to organise their time and meet deadlines.

(LO4) An understanding of the interaction between theory and experiment, in particular the ties to the material presented in the lecture courses.

(LO5) Experience of the practical nature of physics.

(LO6) Developed analytical skills in the analysis of the data

(LO7) Developed communication skills in the presentation of the investigation in a clear and logical manner

(LO8) Developed investgative skills in performing the experiment and extracting information from various sources with which to compare the results

(LO9) Developed the ability to organise their time and meet deadlines

(LO10) Understand the interaction between theory and experiment, in particular the ties to the material presented in the lecture courses.

(LO11) To gain familiarity with Lenses and Optical Equipment.

(LO12) A good rudimentary knowledge of simple problems involving statistics: binomial and Poisson distributions, mean, standard deviation, standard error of mean.

(S1) Practical and technical skill required for physics experimentation and an appreciation of the importance of a systematic approach to experimental measurement.

(S2) Problem solving skills of a practical nature.

(S3) Communication skills in the presentation of the investigation in a clear and logical manner.

(S4) Analytical skills in the analysis of the data.

(S5) Investgative skills in performing the experiment and extracting information from various sources with which to compare the results.


Syllabus

 

Introductory Statistics:

Binomial and Poisson distributions, mean, standard deviation, weighted mean, combining errors from multiple variables, standard error on the mean, chi-squared, application to experimental analysis.

Introductory Experiments:

Introduction to Experimental Errors with a simple pendulum and a Geiger counter.
Error Analysis via selected exercises.

Foundation experiments:

A selection of experiments covering phenomena in mechanics, electric circuits, thermodynamics, optics, and atomic physics.

Core experiments:

A selection of experiments covering phenomena in atomic and particle physics, quantum mechanics and radiation physics.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Laboratory Work
Description:
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours       114

    114
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 36
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Laboratory Reports Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule : Semester 2    50       
Experiment worksheets, including error analysis. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule : Semester 1    50       

Recommended Texts

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