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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Experimental Physics I
    Subject Physics
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One of PHSI 131, PHSI 132 or PHSI 191
    Pre or Corequisite
    MATH 130
    Schedule C

    Professor Niels Kjaergaard

    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Jevon Longdell
    Paul Yates
    Dr Tim Molteno
    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


    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 9-13, 15-22
    A2 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22
    A3 Thursday 14:00-17:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
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