Courses Catalogue

Physics Practical Ii

COURSE CODE: PHP2103
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 2
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics BSc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

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.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

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.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

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 magnetism.

§  Manipulate equipment with grace and use it to solve practical problems,

§  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.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

A student 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.