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PHSI282 Experimental Physics I

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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One of PHSI 110, 131, 132, 191 and (MATH 160 or 170)
Schedule C
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Mikkel Andersen
Associate Professor Niels Kjaergaard
Professor Pat Langhorne
Paul Yates


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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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-31, 33
Friday 10:00-10:50 28-31, 33


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41
P2 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41
P3 Thursday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41