|PHY1027||Practical Physics I||2017-18|
|Dr J. Bertolotti|
|Delivery Weeks:||T1:01-12, T2:01-05|
|Credits:||15 NICATS / 7.5 ECTS|
|Enrolment:||142 students (approx)|
This module provides a broad foundation in experimental physics, upon which practical work in the Stage 2 and subequent years builds. It starts with a short series of lectures, supplemented with on-line notes, on error analysis and graph plotting. Laboratory work is normally undertaken in pairs, with support from demonstrators. Experiments are recorded in lab-books and presented as formal reports. One of the experiments involves working as a group and preparing and delivering oral presentation in a conference-like environment. The final component of this module is the PHY0000 Communication and Key Skills course held in 'Opportunities Week', i.e. T1:06.
Experiment is one of the central activities of a scientist. Experimental observations form the basis for new hypotheses, and also test scientific theories. In this module, you will learn to understand and apply the experimental method, develop your ability to make reliable measurements and report them in an effective and ethical manner.
A student who has passed this module should be able to:
Students are provided with a Laboratory Manual in which the experiments for this module are summarised. There is some choice of which experiments are undertaken. Each experiment is described in detail in a 2-4 page laboratory script.
General supervision and assistance are available in the laboratory from the demonstrators. Each demonstrator monitors the progress of the assigned pairs, taking a pastoral role and reporting any problems to the Module Coordinator. Feedback is given on each experiment during a 15-minute marking session with a demonstrator. For the oral presentation in the Student Conference, the assessment is made by all demonstrators with partial input from the students.
Note: The Communication and Key Skills content and activities are described in the PHY0000 component description.
|Description||Study time||KIS type|
|4×1-hour lectures||4 hours||SLT|
|1×4-hour self-study package||4 hours||GIS|
|20×3-hour practical laboratory sessions||60 hours||SLT|
|6-hour student conference||6 hours||SLT|
|3×1-day communications skills workshops (PHY0000)||21 hours||SLT|
|Reading and private study||55 hours||GIS|
|0%||Data analysis homework||One 4-hour problems set||Week T1:02 (Mon)||3, 13||Written and verbal|
|25%||Experiments, recorded in the notebook||Four notebook assessments||ca 2-week intervals in T1:01-05,07-12||1-8, 10-13||Written and verbal|
|50%||Experiments, written up as formal experiment reports||Two 1500-word reports||Weeks T2:02, T2:04||1-9,11-13||Written and verbal|
|15%||Group oral presentation for the Student Conference||20 minutes||Week T2:05||9, 10||Written and verbal|
|10%||Communications and key skills component PHY0000||3 days||Week T1:06||14||Written and verbal|
Notes: Refer to the Undergraduate Handbook for details and marking criteria. Briefly, laboratory notebooks and reports are marked in one-to-one discussion between the student and a demonstrator; oral presentations involve moderated peer assessment.
The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that students are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Instructor(s).
|Co-requisite Modules||Vector Mechanics (PHY1021), Introduction to Astrophysics (PHY1022), Waves and Optics (PHY1023) and Properties of Matter (PHY1024)|
Re-assessment is not available except when required by referral or deferral.
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Time scale for re-assessment|
Notes: Re-assessment is not available for this module.
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|Keywords||Physics; Data analysis; Experimental methods; Practical laboratory; Record-keeping.|