|PHY2026||Practical Physics II||2018-19|
|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 in pairs and within the 32 sessions undertake three 'standard' experiments 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.
These standard experiments are followed by an extended experiment chosen by the student. It lasts twelve sessions in Term T2 and is completed by writing up a report and giving an oral presentation of results to fellow students. It is aimed at allowing the students a more active role in deciding what and how to investigate and giving them more time for a deeper study of one particular topic.
|Description||Study time||KIS type|
|32×3-hour practical laboratory sessions||96 hours||SLT|
|Reading and private study||54 hours||GIS|
|20%||Standard report and discussion||1250 words||Week T1:07||1-10, 12-19||Written and verbal|
|20%||Standard report and discussion||1250 words||Week T1:11||1-10, 12-19||Written and verbal|
|20%||Standard report and discussion||1250 words||Week T2:04||1-19||Written and verbal|
|8%||Oral presentation||20 minutes||Week T2:10||11, 20||Written and verbal|
|16%||Extended experiment practical work||10-minute notebook discussion||Week T2:11||1-10, 12-19||Written and verbal|
|16%||Extended experiment report||2000 words||Week T2:11||1-10, 12-19||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.|