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PHSI282 Experimental Physics I

Students will perform experiments that explore key principles in physics relating to both natural phenomena and modern technology. Provides a foundation in laboratory methods, including experimental design, modern measurement techniques, and data analysis.

This paper focuses on experimental skills and techniques in physics. Topics include electricity and magnetism, optics and lasers, thermal processes and atomic physics.

Paper title Experimental Physics I
Paper code PHSI282
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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One of PHSI 131, PHSI 132 or PHSI 191
Pre or Corequisite
MATH 130
Schedule C

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Professor Niels Kjaergaard
Paul Yates
Associate Professor Jevon Longdell
Dr. Amita Deb


Required: Ifan G. Huges and Thomas P. A. Hase. (2010). Measurements and their Uncertainties: A Practical Guide to Modern Error Analysis. Oxford UP.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper students will be able to:
  1. Design an experiment to test a hypothesis or to measure physical quantities
  2. Use a range of modern techniques and apparatus for making physical measurements
  3. Use Matlab for basic data analysis
  4. Record experimental work carefully and accurately in a lab notebook
  5. Understand the importance of errors in measurement and be able to estimate and combine these errors

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-12
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-12


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
A2 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 9-14, 16-22
A3 Thursday 14:00-17:50 9-14, 16-22