Physics Laboratory 4

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WBPH026-05
Vaknaam Physics Laboratory 4
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
ECTS 5
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Physics Laboratory 4
Leerdoelen Students will have the research skills required to conduct experiments not too large in scale and complexity. They will be able to carry out the scientific research cycle for such experiments. More specifically, students are able to:
1. design and conduct a literature study;
2. define a scientific question/hypothesis;
3. analyse possible experimental design;
4. set up experimental design;
5. take measurements, keep a lab journal;
6. analyse, interpret and reflect on measurements;
7. provide sound conclusions based on and justified by obtained results;
8. report in writing (report, scientific article).
Omschrijving The third-year research practical constitutes the transition from the strictly pre-programmed experiment to the real research phase and seamlessly follows the Physics Laboratory 3 course.

Students will gain experience in designing and conducting several experiments, differing in applicable methods and techniques. Crucial in the design is that the experimental methods and techniques introduced to them are important in the current research environment. Students will work in pairs. In the Physics Laboratory 4 course students will choose three experiments from a pool of experiments (in the Physics Laboratory 3 course they have already chosen experiments from the same pool). The choice of experiments is in consultation with the coordinating lecturer to ensure breadth and depth. Two of the performed experiments (in Physics Laboratory 3 and 4 courses) should be appropriate to the students' chosen track. Each experiment will require about two and half weeks of work, including preparation, performing and reporting. The experiments are not really open-ended. However, there will be options for personal input and variation. The setup will not be fully ready, but the required resources will be available.

A high level of independence and initiative will be expected when setting up, journal recording and conducting the experiments. While performing the experiment, the teaching assistant is only available on call.

A written report will be produced and assessed for the first experiment and a brief scientific article (maximum three printed pages, excluding appendices) will be produced and assessed for the other experiments, instead of a regular report.

One experiment will be presented to the audience of fellow students, lecturer and practical supervisors. Fellow students will critically question this presentation, where a proactive attitude is expected from the students.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC)
Toetsvorm Practisch werk (PR), Verslag (R)
(Since this course Physics Laboratory 4 follows after the course Physics Laboratory 3, the assessment level of this course Physics Laboratory 4 is higher. The assessment criteria for a report are applied much more strictly. The marks for the 3 written reports each count for 1/4 of the final mark, the mark for the presentation counts for 1/6 and the mark for the opposition counts for 1/12 of the final mark. The final mark has to be 6.0 or higher (at least 5.6 for each experiment).)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator Dr. A.K. Biegun
Docent(en) Dr. A.K. Biegun , E.H. Prinsen, MSc.
Entreevoorwaarden Physics Laboratory 1, Physics Laboratory 2 and Physics Laboratory 3
Opmerkingen Physics Laboratory 4 follows seamlessly after Physics Laboratory 3. The pool of experiments (for Physics Laboratory 3 and 4) contains four categories and from each category at least one experiment has to be chosen during the combination of the courses Physics Laboratory 3 and 4 (performing both the Annihilation and the Compton experiment is not allowed).

This course was registered last year with course code NANP4-12
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