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PX428 - Physics Laboratory

  • Module code: PX428
  • Module name: Physics Laboratory
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aim of the first year Physics Laboratory is to provide you with a strong basic grounding in practical laboratory work from which you will be able to progress to the more sophisticated practical work of the later years of the degree programme

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should: have learnt how to keep a laboratory notebook as an accurate record of the experiment that you have undertaken; be confident in the use of the commonly-encountered laboratory equipment e.g., the cathode ray oscilloscope and the travelling microscope; know the meaning of random and systematic errors in experimental measurements; be able to estimate sensibly the uncertainty in individual measurements and to combine these to estimate the error in your final result; be able to analyse you results critically and draw the relevant graphs with error bars showing the uncertainty in the measurements where appropriate; have learnt how to plan your time effectively in performing an experiment and to use it efficiently; be able to assess critically the effectiveness of an experimental procedure and suggest possible improvements; have learnt how to write a scientific report.

Timetabled teaching activities

up to 15 sessions

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PX428-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 3
Optional Core