Module Identifier  PH15720  
Module Title  INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL AND EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS  
Academic Year  2007/2008  
Coordinator  Dr Martin C Wilding  
Semester  Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff  Dr Xing Li, Mr Clive A Willson, Dr David P Langstaff  
PreRequisite  Normal entry requirements to Year 1 physics  
CoRequisite  None  
Mutually Exclusive  PH15510  
Course delivery  Practical  48 Hours.  
Lecture  12 Hours.  
Other  36 Hours. Computational workshops  
Assessment 

1. keep a laboratory diary
2. write laboratory reports using a word processing package
3. determine the causes and minimize the effect of experimental uncertainty
4. present a value of a physical measurement together with its associated error
5. use and appreciate the limitations of simple laboratory instruments
6. use MathCad to perform basic computational exercises in physics
7. apply the above skills to the performance of basic experiments in physics
Introduction to computational physics using MathCad.
Basic error analysis.
Keeping laboratory diaries and writing reports.
Students will be expected to perform experiments in two of the three general areas shown below. The choice will be determined by degree scheme of the student.
1. Analogue and digital electronics.
2. Fundamental constants and radioactivity.
3. Astrophysics
Problem solving  This is developed in the computational physics side of the module. Students will attend weekly problem solving workshops.  
Research skills  Students will be expected to research the background to experiments.  
Communication  Students will keep laboratory diaries and write reports on experiments  
Team work  Students will generally do experiments in groups of two and we would encourage cooperation in the solution of modeling problems  
Information Technology  Mathematical modeling is depent on the use of computers. In the experimental physics, students use Excel and Easyplot to analyse data and will be expected to word precess their lab reports  
Application of Number  In essence, physics is based on the use of mathematics and experimental physics on the manipulation of number. Application of number is a central part of this module  
Personal Development and Career planning  Not addressed  
Subject Specific Skills  Design and performance of experiments. Analysis of experimental uncertainty. 
This module is at CQFW Level 4