2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PHYS1001 Introduction to Experimental Physics
20 creditsClass Size: 250
Module manager: Dr Peter Hine
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is mutually exclusive with
|Laboratory 1a (Joint Honours and Geophysics)
|Laboratory 1a (Joint Honours)
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module introduces students to undergraduate experimental physics. The module consists of a range of experimental procedures that students undertake on a rota basis throughout the year. The experimental work is accompanied by a range of other essential skills required by a physicist such as error analysis, report writing, oral presentation and teamwork.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module students should be able to:
- achieve an adequate level of competence in regular practical work;
- demonstrate the ability to use simple laboratory apparatus;
- use statistical methods of error analysis and critically analyse data;
- communicate experimental results individually in the form of written exercises, oral presentations and a formal report.
- communicate experimental results as a team
Execute an experiment and evaluate the level of uncertainty in results.
Communicate in writing the results of their work or other scientific information.
Communicate verbally experimental results
Work as a team to produce a science communication output.
Practical laboratory skills
The first two laboratory sessions are a group experiment designed to give an introduction to taking measurements, graph plotting and error analysis. The remaining sessions will consist of a variety of experiments drawn from: Mechanics, Atomic Physics, Optics, Thermal Physics and Electromagnetism.
Coursework includes a 15 minute oral presentation, two formal reports chosen from two of the experiments carried out, and a science communication output (e.g. video or poster) as a group on one of the experiments.
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyPreparation in advance of practical sessions.
Preparing assessment pieces and responding to feedback.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents are given feedback on a weekly basis on their practical reports.
They will receive feedback on the other elements of assessment.
For example, the semester 1 formal report will provide feedback for the semester 2 formal report.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Science communication (video)
|Experimental write ups
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Students must submit a serious attempt at all assessments for this module, in order to pass the module overall.
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 10/10/2022
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