Junior Physics Laboratory

Experimental Physics for all courses

You will normally be scheduled into one, three-hour practical session per week . Your first laboratory session is during the second week of semester. Registration will take place during this session.

In Semester One, the laboratory course consists of the following strands:

Unit Description Duration
PHYS1901 (Advanced)

Wave motion; lenses; planning and problem solving skills, including use of computers in physics, data analysis and uncertainties.

4 weeks
PHYS1901 (Advanced)

Computational Physics based on the study of Chaos.

Wave motion; lenses; planning and problem solving skills, including use of computers in physics, data analysis and uncertainties.

4 weeks
PHYS1001 (Regular)

Mechanics, fluid flow; including concepts, problem solving, use of computers in physics.

4 weeks
PHYS1002 (Fundamentals)

An introduction to measurement, data acquisition, analysis skills, statistics and computer use in the context of mechanics and waves.

4 weeks
PHYS1903 (SSP) Laboratory skills, including estimation, uncertainties, modelling data. 5 weeks
PHYS1903 (SSP) Open-ended investigation. 4 weeks

Tests on both laboratory and lecture material are held in the laboratory through the semester.

In Semester Two, students undertake a project, the planning for which is initiated at the start of this semester. The practical components for the semester are:

Unit Description Duration
PHYS1902 (Advanced)

Electrical Circuits.

5 weeks
PHYS1902 (Advanced)

Projects and student presentations

5 weeks
PHYS1003 (Technological)

Electrical Circuits

5 weeks
PHYS1003 (Technological)

Projects and student presentations

5 weeks
PHYS1004 (Environmental and Life Sciences) Fundamental Electricity 5 weeks
PHYS1004 (Environmental and Life Sciences)

Projects and student presentations

5 weeks
PHYS1904 (SSP)

 Electrical Circuits

5 weeks
PHYS1904 (SSP)

 Research project with School research group

5 weeks

 

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Downloading data from the laboratory

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If you have saved your work to directory (E:\STUDATA) after your lab
session, it will be available for downloading from the
Laboratory Download Site
at the end of the day.
You can then work on the data at home and mail it to your University
account which can be read from computers in the lab. This will be
mainly of use for the Projects and Presentations in semester 2.

Projects in Semester 2

The Junior Physics Projects page provides a list of resources to help you choose and perform your project. In particular it includes a list of suggested projects and an indication of the equipment available to complete them. Note that the topics listed are only suggestions!

Extra Laboratory Resources

The following is a collection of resources to assist you with your Experimental Physics course in the lab:

Tests given during laboratory time

Semester 1: Mid-semester test

The mid-semester test in semester 1 is a written test, which covers material from the first lecture module, as well as skills learned in lab about uncertainties and significant figures. This test is closed book, and a formula sheet is provided. Students work individually.

Semester 2: Mid-semester test

The mid-semester test in semester 2 is a written test, which covers material from the first lecture module (Electromagnetism), as well as the circuits experiments done in lab. The test is closed book, and a formula sheet is provided. Students work individually.

  • the Fluids module and the electrostatics portion of the Electromagnetism module (for PHYS 1003 and 1902).
  • the Properties of Matter module (for PHYS 1004).

The Practice Exams are not worth any marks.

The Circuits Tests concentrate on your understanding of material presented in Laboratory sessions.

Sample Tests

Regular/Fundamentals
Advanced

Sample Solutions

Regular/Fundamentals
Advanced