Physics Laboratory 1

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WBPH013-05
Vaknaam Physics Laboratory 1
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Physics Laboratory 1
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1. reproduce and apply basic statistical concepts;
And in the context of basic physics experiments is able to:
2. record data and report in the lab book in a scientific manner;
3. compose a scientific lab report.
Omschrijving This is a truly hybrid course with online lectures and tutorials, and on-campus lab practicals. Nestor/Blackboard is the central place of organization.

The course consists of two parts:

The basics of statistics and experimenting
Apprehension of the theory from the textbook (supplied through Nestor) is supported with short video recordings and notes. The theory is applied making exercises in the Tutorials.

Introductory labs
The labs consist of a series of multiple short (2-hour) and long (4-hour) practicals during which fundamental physical constants will determined. The labs are performed in pairs and each lab has to be prepared beforehand, graded with a Pass, in order to be able to participate.

The following topics in statistics are treated:
reproduce sources and classes of error; apply error propagation to a data set; apply the Gaussian and Poisson distributions to calculate measurement probabilities; calculate basic descriptive statistics: the mean, weighted mean and standard deviation; calculate basic statistical estimators: best estimates of the mean, standard deviation and standard deviation of the mean; transform data to show a linear correlation; apply the least-squares method to perform a linear regression; apply the Pearson chi-square test to validate a linear regression.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
Toetsvorm Practisch werk (PR), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(Final grade: 2/3 grade of experiments, 1/3 grade of exam • Average of experiments is at least 6.0 (each experiment at least 5.0) • Data and error analysis exam grade is at least 5.5)
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator dr. J.S. Blijleven
Docent(en) dr. J.S. Blijleven
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Supplied through Nestor/Blackboard
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Mathematics and Physics (double degree) 1 semester I a verplicht
BSc Natuurkunde 1 semester I a verplicht
BSc Sterrenkunde 1 semester I a verplicht
BSc Technische Natuurkunde 1 semester I a verplicht