Module Identifier PH15010  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Philip Cadman  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Keith Birkinshaw, Dr Tudor Jenkins  
Pre-Requisite Normal entry requirements for Part 1 Physics  
Co-Requisite Part 1 Core Modules  
Mutually Exclusive None  
Course delivery Practical   11 laboratory sessions (4 hours)  
Assessment Course work   Math CAD assignment Due in week 8   25%  
  Course work   Errors assignment Due in week 5   10%  
  Course work   Laboratory dairy and laboratory reports   50%  
  Course work   WORD/Excel assignment Due in week 4   15%  

Brief description
Science involves observing the world and finding ways of understanding it. In order to make such observations, instruments are used to determine a quantity or variable. This module will instruct students in the use of instruments from the simplest vernier callipers to sophisticated microcomputer control systems. The factors involved in the selection of the correct instrument for a particular application will be stressed. In order to extract the maximum information from the data acquired by an instrument, data handling and processing techniques are essential. These will include error analysis, curve fitting and data rejection and the use of microcomputers in such procedures will be an integral part of the module.

Learning outcomes
After taking this module students should be able to:

Additional learning activities
Use of SToMP (computer aided learning) for error analysis.

Outline syllabus
Introduction to the Web, WORD for Windows, Excel and MathCAD

Basic error analysis.

Keeping laboratory diaries and writing reports.

Basic laboratory instrumentation
a) verniers and micrometers
b) travelling microscopes
c) analogue and digital meters.

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
Louis Lyons. A practical Guide to Data Analysis for Physical Scientists. Cambridge University