Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Laboratory Physics
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
Registration on a Physics Joint, Major (Physics)/Minor or SS + R degree scheme.

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 11 laboratory sessions ( 3 hours)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Course Work: Laboratory Diary  25%
Semester Assessment Course Work: Formal Reports  75%
Supplementary Assessment As determined by Departmental Examination Board  100%

Learning Outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

  • apply the techniques acquired in PH15510 to the performance of basic experiments in Physics.

Brief description

This module is an extension of the Basic Laboratory Techniques in which the skills acquired during that module are applied to general laboratory physics experiments.


Students choose from a number of experiments. These are divided into three blocks and students will be expected to undertake experiments in each of the blocks. At the end of each experiment, students will produce a formal report which will be marked and returned as quickly as possible to provide suitable feedback. The experiment blocks are shown below:

1. Basic Measurements
2. Fundamental constants and radioactivity. Electrical Measurements and using the Oscilloscope.
3. A selection of experiments in Physics.

Reading List

General Text
Nelkon, Michael. (1987.) Advanced level physics /Michael Nelkon, Philip Parker. 6th ed. Heinemann Educational Primo search

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