|| PX34010 |
|| DATA HANDLING AND STATISTICS |
|| 2001/2002 |
|| Professor Geraint Vaughan |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Dr James Whiteway |
|| Core Physics Modules at Level 1 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 8 lectures (first half of semester) |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 3 workshops |
|| Laboratory || 36 Hours 12 laboratory sessions (3 hours each) |
|| Course work || Young's Modulus experiment || 30% |
|| Course work || Photometry Experiment || 30% |
|| Course work || MathCad exercises || 10% |
|| Course work || Theory Exercises || 10% |
|| Exam || 1 Hours End of semester examinations || 20% |
This module is a laboratory-based course where the handling of data in selected experiments is treated in parallel with a course on the theory of measurement, the nature of experimental errors, random and systematic. The course provides an introduction to the basic statistics encountered in Physics, including the Binomial, Poisson and Normal distributions, and simple least-squares regression. The estimate of standard error, the combination of errors and the optimum design of experiments to reduce the final error in the most efficient way are covered, together with a demonstration of selection effects in compiling a data-base. Further instruction on the MathCad programming package will be given.
Module objectives / Learning outcomes
After taking this module students should be able to:
understand the nature of random error in experimental data
use the Gaussian distribution and appreciate why it applies in so many cases
calculate the mean and standard deviation of data following a simple, unbiased Gaussian
recognise the effect of inter-dependence of measurements and extreme values on data sets
combine several different errors to derive a final error
identify the most important source of error in an experiment and concentrate on reducing that error
appreciate how selection effects introduce a bias into a data sample
fit a straight line to experimental data and evaluate the standard error in the slopeand intercept.
write a simple MathCad program to model a physical system.
Additional learning activities
Use or STOMP CAL package
Simple modelling using MathCad
Use of MathCad for statistical problem
Theory of measurement (STOMP Measurement and Uncertainty Package)
Random and systematic errors
Accuracy and Precision
Mean and standard deviation
Gaussian, Poisson and Binomial distributions
The Least Square Principle, graphing data and fitting a straight line to data
1. Photometry experiment - exercise in taking and transforming measurements
2. Young's Modulus experiment - Determination of Young's Modulus, with special care taken to estimate the random uncertainty in the final result. Identification of the parameter contributing most to the final error.
** Recommended Text
Statistics. Wiley ISBN 0 471 92295 1
** Reference Text
Introduction to Mathcad 2000. Prentice Hall ISBN 0-13-020007-7
P M Morse (theory of Young's Modulus Experiment).
Vibration and Sound.