Module Identifier PH05010  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Professor Andrew Evans  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Professor Keith Birkinshaw  
Pre-Requisite GCSE Mathematics or equivalent  
Co-Requisite None  
Mutually Exclusive Not available to students on 3 year BSc (Hons) or 4 year MPhys schemes  
Course delivery Practical   11 x 3 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Laboratory Diary  40%
Semester Assessment Written assignment  20%
Semester Assessment Formal Reports  40%

Learning outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

Brief description

This module on Laboratory Physics is an introduction to experimental physics. Emphasis is placed on the training of students to use basic instruments, perform simple error calculations and critically assess results in order to draw reliable conclusions. Experiments are designed to reflect theoretical topics covered in other modules - hence experiments cover properties of matter, forces and mechanics as well as other realms of basic physics.


A number of experiments are available. These are divided into four blocks. Students will be expected to carry out two experiments in each group. Students will record their measurements in a diary that will be marked. They will also be required to produce two formal reports.

The experiment blocks are as follows:
1. Electricity and magnetism.
2. Oscillations and waves.
3. Mechanics and forces.
4. Properties of matter.

Transferable skills

Writing formal reports.

Reading Lists

** General Text
A handbook will be issued at the beginning of the module


This module is at CQFW Level 3