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PX442 - Laboratory for Mathematics & Physics Students

  • Module code: PX442
  • Module name: Laboratory for Mathematics & Physics Students
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module provides an introduction to collaborative experimental and computational work and to some advanced research techniques. It provides the opportunity for students to take responsibility for the planning and direction of an experiment and to have the experience of independent research within a team. It also serves to acquaint them with various issues associated with experimental work, including data acquisition and the analysis of errors and the health and safety regulatory environment within which all experimental work must be undertaken. Additionally it provides experience of report writing and making an oral presentation to a group.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to: carry out, and report on, an experimental study in a collaborative manner; produce a report in the style of a research paper, with several co-authors; give an oral presentation of your work to other students; use models and simulations to represent complex physical systems; 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.

Timetabled teaching activities

Up to 8 five hour sessions in laboratory.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PX442-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 3
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