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SCP4067975, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1160, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination EXPERIMENTS IN PHYSICS 1 (PART B)
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian

Teacher in charge GIULIA RODIGHIERO FIS/05

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary 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 of
Individual study
Laboratory 3.0 36 39.0 2
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 28/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
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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 e-learning platform of the Department of Physics and Astronomy "G. Galilei" ( Textbooks.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Taylor, John R., Introduzione all'analisi degli errori lo studio delle incertezze nelle misure fisiche. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Loreti, Maurizio, Teoria degli errori e fondamenti di statistica Introduzione alla fisica sperimentale. Padova: Universit√† degli Studi, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo