|PHY2026||Practical Physics II||2020-21|
|Dr A. Usher|
|Delivery Weeks:||T1:03-11, T2:01-11|
|Credits:||15 NICATS / 7.5 ECTS|
|Enrolment:||141 students (approx)|
Laboratory work is an important part of the process of learning physics where students apply their knowledge practically. It allows students to deepen their understanding and improve problem solving techniques, and enables them to take an active part in the enquiry into the natural world. This Stage 2 module builds upon the Stage 1 module PHY1027 Practical Physics I, introducing more advanced techniques and equipment, with more detailed and often open-ended experiments that require an active engagement by the student. The experiments complement lecture material of the Stage 2 and 3 modules. A number of the experimental topics are not directly covered in lectures and aim to extend the student's overall vision of physics and their ability to define and solve problems independently. In addition, the module aims to develop a wide range of experimental skills, as well as careful record keeping, critical interpretation of data and their presentation in reports and talks.
This module pre-dates the current template; refer to the description above and the following ILO sections.
A student who has passed this module should be able to:
The range of experimental topics and associated techniques are detailed in the Laboratory Manual. They include experiments in optics, electromagnetism, mechanics and nuclear physics. Some of the experiments involve computer controlled data acquisition.
Students work within the 32 sessions undertake four 'activities', which may be on-campus and/or on-line depending on the local covid-19 threat level, totalling 20 sessions, in accordance with their individual plan which has been formed for the whole academic year.
Before tackling the experiment students study the worksheet and necessary literature, discuss the underlying physics and plan the experiment. Experimental work commences after the student has proved to their demonstrator in the initial discussion that they have a fair grasp of the background of the experiment and knows how to undertake it. The experiment is completed by the student writing a report and the demonstrator marking the work in the final discussion with the student.
Covid-19 and difficulties with sterilisation of equipment mean that we can't offer extended practical work this academic year, but in place of this students will extend the presentation of the results in two of the four activities, by preparing a poster presentation for one, and an oral presentation for the other.
|Description||Study time||KIS type|
|32×3-hour practical activity sessions||96 hours||SLT|
|Reading and private study||54 hours||GIS|
|20%||Standard report and notebook||1250 words||Week T1:07||1-10, 12-19||Written and verbal|
|20%||Standard report and notebook||1250 words||Week T1:12||1-10, 12-19||Written and verbal|
|20%||Standard report and notebook||1250 words||Week T2:05||1-19||Written and verbal|
|20%||Standard report and notebook||1250 words||Week T2:09||1-19||Written and verbal|
|8%||Oral presentation||20 minutes||Week T2:10||11, 20||Written and verbal|
|12%||Poster presentation||N/A||Week T2:11||11, 20||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).
|Pre-requisite Modules||Practical Physics I (PHY1027)|
|Co-requisite Modules||Electromagnetism I (PHY2021), Quantum Mechanics I (PHY2022), Thermal Physics (PHY2023) and Condensed Matter I (PHY2024)|
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.
|Keywords||Physics; Experiment; Plan; Techniques; Data; Safety; Reports; Years; Laboratory; Practical; Part.|