PC 3193 Experimental Physics II

  1. This continuous assessment module is intended to provide training in experimental techniques and analytical skills. Experiments are based on various areas of physics such as spectroscopy, materials science, nuclear physics, laser physics, optics and electronics. Some experiments involve the use of research-grade equipment like the Atomic Force Microscope, X-ray diffractometer and the FTIR spectrophotometer. The module is targeted at students who have a foundation in Level 2 experimental physics.

  2. Prerequisites: PC2193

  3. Work Load: 0-0-6-1-3

    Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
    A: no. of lecture hours per week
    B: no. of tutorial hours per week
    C: no. of lab hours per week
    D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
    E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

  4. Format

    4.1) To complete the above module you have to clock up at least 60 credit hours, inclusive of 6 credit hours of oral presentation. Hence the weightings for lab work and oral presentation are 90% and 10% respectively.

4.2) Data Log Book: For each experiment, the procedure, precautions taken, observations, data, calculations and results are to be recorded in a Data Log Book. It is to be signed by an academic staff, demonstrator or lab technologist at the end of each lab session for verification of work done. The Data Log Book is to be submitted at the end of your last viva.

4.3) Long Reports:
You must perform two allocated long experiments, for which you have to write a report each based on the research-journal format. The report is to contain the background, theory, procedures, precautions taken, data, analyses, results, discussion and conclusion including references used. The report must be printed on A-4 size paper. Photocopies of the relevant pages of your Data Log Book are to be attached.

4.4) Short Reports:
Limited to four printed A-4 pages of text each (excluding tables and figures), need be submitted for the other short experiments performed. The summary, whose organization and style resembles those of a typical abstract of physics research journals, should contain the objective, theory, results, discussion and conclusion including references used. Photocopies of the relevant pages of your Data Log Book are to be attached to each summary.

4.5) Softcopies
You will need to submit a softcopy of your report/summary when you come for each viva.

4.6) VIVA
In the viva you will demonstrate your ability to participate in academic discussion. Its purpose is to ascertain that the report is your own work and to confirm that you understood what you have written. To aid the process, you may reflect upon the following points. What is this experiment about? What are the aims? What did you do? What did you find? Talk us through your method of analysis. Did you encounter any problems with applying this method of analysis? Do you think the data you collected were the most appropriate to answer the experimental aims and in a broader context related research areas, or are there any other data you would have collected?


For more information, please refer to IVLE for an overview of PC3193 module.