Physics Practical I
This course offers experience in experimentation and observation for
students of the sciences and others. In a series of subject units, students
learn or review the physical principles underlying the phenomena to be observed
and the basis for the measurement techniques employed. In addition to
systematic measurement procedures and data recording, strong emphasis is placed
on processing of the data, preparation and interpretation of graphical
presentations, and analysis of precision and accuracy, including determination
and interpretation of best value, measures of error and uncertainty, linear
best fit to data, and identification of systematic and random errors.
Preparation of high-quality experiment reports is also emphasized.
The aim of the
Physics practical unit is to develop a range of skills needed by a professional
physicist, including facility in conducting experiments and in analysing and
reporting their results.
By the end of this
course, the student should be able to:
- develop the experimental and reporting skills of
- explore and test physical concepts.
- Carry out experiments in mechanics and properties
completing the course is expected to:
§ Have developed
their experimental skills by performing and analysing a number of
investigations in the laboratory.
capability of keeping a record of laboratory work in a logbook, and have learnt
the requirements for presenting the results of experimental work in a report.