Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
Not available to students on 3 year BSc (Hons) or 4 year MPhys schemes

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 11 x 3 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Laboratory Diary  60%
Semester Assessment Oral Powerpoint Presentation  20%
Semester Assessment Formal Report  20%
Supplementary Exam As determined by Departmental Examination Board  100%

Learning Outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

  • perform simple experiments in physics
  • apply basic error analysis to measurements
  • draw appropriate conclusions from results
  • present work in a laboratory diary, formal report and PowerPoint presentation

Brief description

This module builds on the introduction to experimental physics given in module PH05010. Emphasis continues on the training of students to use basic instruments, the application of error analysis techniques presented in the earlier module and the critical assessment of results in order to draw reliable conclusions. Presentational skills are developed in the context of experiments.


The module comprises a set of experiments from different areas of Physics including: Oscillations and Waves, Thermal Physics, and Electricity and Magnetism, which students carry out in rotation during the course of the semester. For presentation of the work each student is expected to keep a Laboratory Diary noting the detailed progress of each experiment, prepare a formal report on a specified experiment and deliver an oral presentation using PowerPoint.

Reading List

General Text
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 3