Undergraduate Course: Experimental Physics 2 (PHYS08058)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is designed for pre-honours physics students. It provides an introduction to experimental laboratory techniques. It serves both as a preparation for further practical work in physics-based degree programmes, and as a stand-alone course for students of other disciplines. The course consists of laboratory sessions to develop understanding, familiarity and fluency.
Introductory lecture on research methods, keeping a lab book, and writing reports.
Two 3-week experiments chosen from Compound and Kater Pendula, Radioactive Decay, Atomic Spectroscopy, Michelson Interferometer and Geometric Optics.
One 3-week experiment on digital and analogue electronic circuits
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 1,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 27,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% continuous assessment
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Appreciate the relationship between experiment and theory as scientific techniques, and assess whether an experimental result (in conjunction with an estimated error) is physically reasonable
- Explain the importance of reproducibility of scientific work, and the role that laboratory notebooks and quantitative statements of confidence in results play in achieving this.
- Apply standard practical techniques (e.g., routine handling of common laboratory equipment, linear least-squares fitting and writing short, procedural computer programs) as directed in a lab script to achieve a stated goal.
- Present a record of an experiment in an appropriate, clear and logical written form (e.g., lab notebook, lab report), augmented with figures and graphs where appropriate.
- Take responsibility for learning by attending laboratory sessions, and completing coursework.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Malcolm McMahon
Tel: (0131 6)50 5956
|Course secretary||Mrs Ola Soldan-Kieliszek
Tel: (0131 6)51 3448