2014  2015  
0321111104  Physics Laboratory A1  

FACULTY OF EXACT SCIENCES  PHYSICS  

Physics Laboratory A
Course Syllabus
During the course the students learn basic techniques in experimental physics, including performance of measurements and data analysis, in various subjects.
List of experiments for the first semester:
1. Free Fall  the first experiment in the laboratory.
2. Geometrical optics – focal length and magnification with convex and concave thin lenses.
3. Latent heat – phase transition of liquid nitrogen.
4. Friction and energy – transformation of kinetic, potential and elastic energy and energy loss to friction.
5. Viscosity – viscosity of glycerin through the motion of a falling ball.
6. Harmonic motion – mathematical vs. physical pendulum.
7. Electric circuits & Wheatstone bridge.
The students will use a special built GUI in Matlab in order to perform the data analysis. The theoretical material is presented in the course website and the statistical booklet (also in the website).
Lecturer: Prof. Halina Abramowicz
Prerequisite: None.
Course Objective: Studying the principles of measurements and data analysis in the environment of simple physics experiments.
Syllabus:
1. Estimation of statistical and systematic uncertainties.
2. Propagation of uncertainties.
3. Linear and nonlinear fitting of data.
4. Estimation of goodness of fit.
5. Quantification of agreement of expectations with data.
Course requirements:
Performing all 7 experiments and submitting all of the reports.
Grade composition:
70% Report
15% Quizzes
15% Instructor evaluation
Recommended books:
 Statistics booklet "Data Analysis in Lab A". http://physics.tau.ac.il/laba/files/DataAnalysisDraft2Oct2011.pdf
 Squires, G. L., Practical Physics, 3rd Ed.
 Wall, J. V. and Jenkins, C. R., Practical Statistics for Astronomers.