Physics Practical Ii
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 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:
§ Acquire skills for reporting experimental findings.
§ Explore and test physical concepts.
§ Expose the students to experiments in electricity and
§ Manipulate equipment with grace and use it to solve
§ Keep complete records, including the display of data
in tabular and graphical form,
§ Analyze data efficiently and accurately, with and
without the use of a computer,
§ Estimate uncertainties in experimental results.
completing the course is expected to:
- Have developed their
experimental skills by performing and analysing a number of investigations
in the laboratory.
- Demonstrate 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.