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PX442 Laboratory for Maths/Phys students

Organiser: Andy Howes
Weighting: 15 CATS

This module is available only to MMathPhys students.

This module provides an introduction to collaborative experimental and computational work and to some advanced research techniques. Students work in a team and are responsible for the planning and direction of an experiment. The module covers data acquisition and the analysis of errors and the health and safety regulatory environment within which all experimental work must be undertaken. Students report on their work in writing and in an oral presentation.

To introduce collaborative experimental and computational work and some advanced research techniques.

At the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Carry out, and report on, a collaborative experimental study, produce a report in the style of a research paper, with several authors
  • Use models and simulations to represent complex physical systems
  • Give an oral presentation of your work to other students
  • Determine, understand and analyse the uncertainties (random and systematic) of observation in any measurement
  • Discuss the issues, including health and safety, associated with planning, executing and analysing an experiment or observational measurement


Students will be introduced to laboratory work, the analysis of data and the legislative environment within which experimental work is undertaken. Working in groups they will then undertake a programme of experimental and computational work. They will report on their work in collaboration with their colleagues in a group presentation and in writing.

Assessment: 100% assessed.

17% for the data analysis work book, 17% for the oral presentation and 66% for two formal reports.

This module has a home page.

Leads to: PX402 Physics Project