|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Practical||3 hour practical per week|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Sci LAB exercise||15%|
|Semester Assessment||4 lab reports - 15% each||60%|
|Semester Assessment||Lab Diary||25%|
|Supplementary Assessment||As determined by the Departmental Examination Board||100%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. keep a laboratory diary
2. write laboratory reports using a word processing package
3. determine the causes and minimize the effect of experimental uncertainty
4. present a value of a physical measurement together with its associated error
5. use and appreciate the limitations of simple laboratory instruments
6. use Sci Lab to perform basic computational exercises in physics
7. apply the above skills to the performance of basic experiments in physics
Introduction to computational physics using SciLab.
Basic error analysis.
Keeping laboratory diaries and writing reports.
Students will be expected to perform a selection of experiments allocated on a "round-robin" basis.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||In essence, physics is based on the use of mathematics and experimental physics on the manipulation of number. Application of number is a central part of this module|
|Communication||Students will keep laboratory diaries and write reports on experiments|
|Information Technology||Mathematical modeling is depent on the use of computers. In the experimental physics, students use Excel and SciLab to analyse data and will be expected to word process their lab reports|
|Problem solving||This is developed in the computational physics side of the module. Students will attend weekly problem solving workshops.|
|Research skills||Students will be expected to research the background to experiments.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Design and performance of experiments. Analysis of experimental uncertainty.|
|Team work||Students will generally do experiments in groups of two and we would encourage co-operation in the solution of modeling problems|
Reading ListGeneral Text
Nelkon, Michael. (1987.) Advanced level physics /Michael Nelkon, Philip Parker. 6th ed. Heinemann Educational Primo search Should Be Purchased
Tipler, Paul Allen (2004.) Physics for scientists and engineers /[Paul A. Tipler, Gene Mosca] 5th edition. W.H. Freeman Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 4