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PX428 Physics Laboratory

Organiser: Andy Howes
Weighting: 15 CATS

This module is available only to MPhys students.

The module builds on experience gained during the first and second year laboratories. The work is less structured than in earlier years, more open ended and normally performed in groups of three. You are expected to take more responsibility for the planning and direction of your work than in previous years. This will prepare you for independent research within a team, and for the project work next year.

To develop experimental skills

In addition to the specific objectives of the individual experiments, at the end of the module you should have:

  • experienced progressing, and reporting on, an experimental study in a collaborative manner
  • further developed your experimental skills in preparation for project work next year
  • gained experience of computer controlled data acquisition and processing
  • used models and simulations to represent complex physical systems


    There are 10 scheduled sessions from 11am to 5pm. Many of the experiments require data collection over an extended period of time, so some work outside the scheduled times is expected. Students will perform 3 experiments, one of which will be a computer experiment. Students will normally work in groups of three. Where possible, variations in the experiments are encouraged. A joint report, in the form of a publication, will be submitted from each group one week after completing the experiment.

    100% assessed

    This module has a home page where there are details of the experiments, copies of some of the module documentation and copies of the assessment forms.

    Leads from: PX271 Physics Skills

    Leads to: PX402 Physics Project