PHYSICS LABORATORY (UNIT 1)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Acquisition of basic measurement techniques and methodologies for experiments in Mechanics and Calorimetry, including software for data acquisition and analysis.
Theory of errors and basics of probability theory.
Acquisition of measurement techniques and methodologies concerning the proposed experiments.
Some basic concepts of math: algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, differential and integral calculus.
Some basic concepts in physics: kinematics and dynamics of material point, calorimetry.
Course contents summary
Metrology: base and derived physic quantities, units of measurements in mechanics, measuring instruments, characteristic of measuring instruments (accuracy, precision, promptness, dynamic range), graph rapresentations of data.
Uncertinity in measurements: systematic and casual errors, uncertainty propagation in indirect measurements, statistical methods in data treatment, random variables, frequency distributions, bad data treatment, weighted mean, gaussian distribution.
J.R. Taylor, ‘‘Introduzione all’Analisi degli Errori’’, Zanichelli, Bologna.
P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci, ‘‘Fisica Vol. 1’’, EdiSES, Napoli
Lectures, laboratory excercises, lectures on computer (software facilities, scientific computing, acquisition and treatment of data, experiment simulations).
The laboratory work is accounted for by written reports, one for each weekly laboratory experiment. During the course, some written exercises concerning the theory and the laboratory experiences are proposed.