|| PH15010 |
|| BASIC LABORATORY TECHNIQUES |
|| 2001/2002 |
|| Dr Philip Cadman |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Dr Keith Birkinshaw, Dr Tudor Jenkins |
|| Normal entry requirements for Part 1 Physics |
|| Part 1 Core Modules |
|| None |
| Course delivery
|| Practical || 11 laboratory sessions (4 hours) |
|| 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% |
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.
After taking this module students should be able to:
keep a laboratory diary
write laboratory reports using a word processing package
understand the causes of experimental uncertainty
present a value of a physical measurement together with its associated error
use and appreciate the limitations of simple laboratory instruments
Additional learning activities
Use of SToMP (computer aided learning) for error analysis.
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.
** Recommended Text
A practical Guide to Data Analysis for Physical Scientists. Cambridge University 0521414156