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Course unit
SC02104233, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1163, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ADVANCED LABORATORY OF PHYSICS
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge TIZIANA CESCA FIS/03
Other lecturers BORIS KALINIC FIS/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses FIS/01 Experimental Physics 3.0
Basic courses FIS/03 Material Physics 3.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 4.0 48 52.0 2
Lecture 2.0 16 34.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019/20 20/01/2014 30/11/2020 CESCA TIZIANA (Presidente)
KALINIC BORIS (Membro Effettivo)
MATTEI GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
MISTURA GIAMPAOLO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Arguments learned during the basic courses of Mathematics and Physics. In particular: summation and partial derivatives; damped harmonic oscillator; Ohm's law, resistances, capacitors and inductances; geometrical optics; interference and diffraction.
Target skills and knowledge: Aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the scientific method through the study in laboratory of some electrical and optical phenomena.
Part of the course will be devoted to learn how to perform a measurement and how to analyze it.
The main topics of the Theory of Error Analysis will be discussed and applied.
Particular attention will be given to the proper way to present scientific data and to prepare a scientific report.
Examination methods: The exam is composed of reports on the laboratory experiences done by the students during the course and a written test at the end of the course.
The written test is composed of: one excercise to apply the error propagation to a set of data given by the Instructor; a brief question about the topics of error analysis; the description and discussion of one of the experiences done during the course, specifically indicated by the Instructor.
The reports on the laboratory experiences will be presented by the students with a regular schedule (about every two weeks) and each report will be corrected by the Instructor and given back to the students in one week.
Assessment criteria: The ability of the student to perform a measurement and analyze it critically will be evaluated, starting from how the data are taken during the laboratory experiences to the writing of the reports.
The knowledge of the main topics of the Theory of Error Analysis studied during the course will be also evaluated.
Course unit contents: The laboratory experiences will concern the following topics:
- measurement of the characteristics of electrical components in simple DC circuits;
- charge and discharge process of a capacitor;
- dumped oscillations in a RLC circuit;
- geometrical optics (production of a collimated light beam; measurement of the focal length and the aberrations of a lens)
- study of diffraction and interfence patterns by parallel slits.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of experimental sessions in laboratory to perform different experiences (4 hours for each experience) and sessions devoted to the data analysis and the writing of the report.
Theoretical lessons will be devoted to the introduction to Error Analysis and to explain the working principle of the laboratory equipment and the experimental procedures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes will be provided by the Instructor.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R. Taylor, Introduzione all’analisi degli errori. --: Zanichelli, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • R. Taylor, Introduction to Errror Analysis. --: Zanichelli, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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