
Course unit
EXPERIMENTS IN PHYSICS 1 (PART B)
SCP4067975, A.A. 2018/19
Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19
Integrated course for this unit
ECTS: details
Type 
ScientificDisciplinary Sector 
Credits allocated 
Core courses 
FIS/01 
Experimental Physics 
6.0 
Course unit organization
Period 
Annual 
Year 
1st Year 
Teaching method 
frontal 
Type of hours 
Credits 
Teaching hours 
Hours of Individual study 
Shifts 
Laboratory 
3.0 
36 
39.0 
2 
Lecture 
3.0 
24 
51.0 
No turn 
Examination board
Examination board not defined
Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit
Prerequisites:

Fundamentals of mathematics and physics. 
Target skills and knowledge:

The student will know the fundamentals of numerical programming and statistics and acquire the skills to critically analize physical measurements, being provided with computing softwares to also formally associate an uncertainty to each measurement. 
Examination methods:

Oral examand oral exam about the topics discussed during lectures and the laboratory reports. Lectures are given in Italian. 
Assessment criteria:

Evaluation of the laboratory reports. Knowledge of the topics of the program and capability of making connections among them. Ability to use theoretical framework discussed during the lectures to understand and perform the laboratory experiments. Ability in writing and discussing the topics of the program in a proper and scienfitic way. 
Specific characteristics of the Module
Course unit contents:

Theoretical lectures:
1) Measures and measure instruments. Sensibility, precision. Systematic and casual errors.
2) Arithmetical mean, Mean square root, Statistical meaning. Approximation of decimal numbers.
3) Fundaments of probability theory: total and conditional probability.
4) Graphical representation of data: Histograms and limit distributions.
5) Binomial, Gaussian and Poissonian distribution.
6) Distribution of casual errors.
7) Theory of error propagation: general and particular cases.
8) Weighted mean.
9) Linear regression and generalisation.
10 The linear correlation coefficient.
11) The chi^2 test.
Experiments in laboratory:
1) Measure of gravitational acceleration with an inclined plane.
2) The Hook law with a strain gauge.
3) Measure of gravitational acceleration with a composite pendulum.
4) The flywheel.
5) The Stokes law with a viscometer. 
Planned learning activities and teaching methods:

Theoretical lectures and experiments in laboratory. Lectures are given in Italian. 
Additional notes about suggested reading:

Lecture notes and slides available through the website of the course on the elearning platform of the Department of Physics and Astronomy "G. Galilei" (https://elearning.unipd.it/dfa/). Textbooks. 
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings) 

Taylor, John R., Introduzione all'analisi degli errori lo studio delle incertezze nelle misure fisiche. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2000.

Loreti, Maurizio, Teoria degli errori e fondamenti di statistica Introduzione alla fisica sperimentale. Padova: Università degli Studi, 2009.


