PHYSICS LABORATORY

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in Physics
Academic year when starting the degree: 
2013/2014
Year: 
1
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
2013/2014
Course type: 
Basic compulsory subjects
Credits: 
6
Period: 
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
66
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (66 hours)
Requirements: 

Prerequisites: Probability & Statistics course – introductory physics lectures

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

Teaching objectives and expected learning outcomes: Learning the essence of experimenting and measuring in Physics. The student is expected to be able to perform basic experiments, organizing a log-book, record data and perform a basic analysis, computer assisted.

Course program:

Students are expected to perform a series of basic experiments (e.g. measurement of the gravitational constant by a Cavendish balance apparatus; characterization of a mechanical oscillator, measurement of g with a Kater pendulum, mechanical equivalent of a prefect gas, and more). Every experiment will require 2 weeks: during week 1, the student will get acquainted with the problem and the apparatus, will perform it and collect the data. During week 2, he/she will analyze the data by using MATLAB and relying on the outcome of the firs semester courses in programming, statistics & probability.

Type of didactic activities: Laboratory activities

Texts and teaching materials: Laboratory activities

Verification of learning skills: Essay reporting the lab activities. For every experiment, the background and motivation shall be presented, followed by a description of the experimental apparatus, the experimental sequence, the results of the data analysis.