# PHYSICS LABORATORY 1

PHYSICS LABORATORY 1 (UNIT 1) (6 credits) | PHYSICS LABORATORY 1 (UNIT 2) (6 credits) |

## Learning outcomes of the course unit

To develop the following abilities:

- to plan a simple experiment

- to analyse the experimentaldata with the aid of a graphyical computing language

- to evaluate their statistical consistency

- to organize a concise and complete presentation of the results

## Prerequisites

Basic mathematical skills: algebra, trigonometry, elementary geometry, calculus.

Basic knowledge of physical phenomena in mechanics, waves and calorimetry.

## Course contents summary

A score of simple laboratory experiments on topics regarding mechanics, waves and calorimetry. The course deals with

- The measurement

- Uncertainies and their statistical analysis

- An introduction to the theory of probability

- A brief description of the physical phenomena under investigation, keeping in mind that these topics are often encountered in the lab before their formal treatment within the course of Physics 1.

- Computer assisted numerical laboratory to become familiar with a versatile language for data analysis and presentation (e.g. octave/matlab).

## Recommended readings

J.R. Taylor, An Introduction to Error Analysis: The Study of Uncertainties in Physical Measurements, University Science Books.

Additional material provided by the lecturer.

For further insights: R. Scozzafava, “Primi passi in probabilità e statistica”, Ed. Zanichelli, Bologna, 2° ed., 2000.

## Teaching methods

Lectures, laboratory sessions (physics and computing) attended in groups of 3, max 4 students.

## Assessment methods and criteria

Each experiment group report will be marked, one for each experiment. There is a short written paper for each part (I and II). Final grades are assigned jointly for the two parts of this course, after a final individual discussion of one among all the experimental reports, selected by the lectureres.

## Other informations

The course is split up in two periods: 6 CFU in the first semester and 6 CFU in the second semester.