|Module Title||EXPERIMENTAL METHODS AND SKILLS IN PHYSICS|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Geraint Thomas|
|Other staff||Dr Nicholas Mitchell, Dr Geraint Vaughan|
|Pre-Requisite||Core Physics Modules at Level 1|
|Course delivery||Laboratory||11 four hour sessions|
|Assessment||Course work||'Mock Report'||20%|
|Course work||Full Report||30%|
|Course work||Laboratory Notebook and 1 page summary||30%|
This module builds on the laboratory and experimental skills introduced in modules PH15010 and PH15510. The aims are to extend students' skills and confidence in experimental physics. Students are expected to undertake a number of short experimental investigations covering a range of topics. Based on a short introductory guide, students will be expected to consult textbooks to expand on the relevant theoretical background outlined in the guidance notes; undertake experimental measurements; estimate errors and uncertainties etc.; note their progress in a laboratory diary. Finally they must prepare written reports on the experiments summarising their methods, analysis, findings and conclusions.
Be aware of the importance of accuracy and errors in scientific measurement.
Be conscious of good experimental practice; both practical and in terms of maintaining an accurate laboratory notebook.
Be aware of type and amount of material commonly expected in a formal experimental write-up.
Additional learning activities
Basic data analysis
Preparation of written reports
The module will start with a series of lectures on essential skills required by scientists. Students will receive instruction in oral presentation. Students will then be expected to undertake a small number of short experiments and prepare reports, supported by additional reading.
A range of suitable textbooks is available in the laboratory..