Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Laboratory Physics 1
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Not available to students on 3 year BSc (Hons) or 4 year MPhys schemes
GCSE Mathematics or equivalent
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 11 x 3 Hour Practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Laboratory Diary  60%
Semester Assessment Formal Reports  40%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   As determined by departmental examination board assessment at Physics Part 1 Lab  100%

Learning Outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

  • Perform simple experiments in basic physics and apply basic error analysis to the results obtained in order to draw appropriate conclusions.

* Write formal reports

* Keep a laboratory diary

Brief description

This module on Laboratory Physics is an introduction to experimental physics. Emphasis is placed on the training of students to use basic instruments, perform simple error calculations and critically assess results in order to draw reliable conclusions. Experiments are designed to reflect theoretical topics covered in other modules - hence experiments cover properties of matter, forces and mechanics as well as other realms of basic physics.


A number of experiments are available. These are divided into four blocks. Students will be expected to carry out two experiments in each group. Students will record their measurements in a diary that will be marked. They will also be required to produce two formal reports.

The experiment blocks are as follows:
1. Electricity and magnetism.
2. Waves and optics.
3. Mechanics and materials.
4. Heat and energy.

Transferable skills

Writing formal reports.


This module is at CQFW Level 3