Courses Catalogue

Experimental Physics I

COURSE CODE: PHY2103
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 45
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Education (Physics) - B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Basic
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course offers experience in experimentation and observation for students of the sciences and others. In a series of subject units, students learn or review the physical principles underlying the phenomena to be observed and the basis for the measurement techniques employed. In addition to systematic measurement procedures and data recording, strong emphasis is placed on processing of the data, preparation and interpretation of graphical presentations, and analysis of precision and accuracy, including determination and interpretation of best value, measures of error and uncertainty, linear best fit to data, and identification of systematic and random errors. Preparation of high-quality experiment reports is also emphasized.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

·         Acquire skills for reporting experimental findings.

·         Explore  and test physical concepts.

·         Carry out experiments in mechanics and properties of matter.

·         Manipulate equipment with grace and use it to solve practical problems,

·         Keep complete records, including the display of data in tabular and graphical form,

·         Analyze data efficiently and accurately, with and without the use of a computer,

·         Estimate uncertainties in experimental results.


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