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Physics (laboratory)

  1. Introduction
  2. Grades
  3. Reports
  4. Exercises

0. Introductory material – relevant during the whole semester

1. Grades

The final grade will be composed of the following (equal weight):

2. Reports

What to include in your reports: What will be assessed? In general: the way you represent your data, i.e. quality of your plots, readability of tables, formulas, overall clarity of the work. Comments on what you're doing in the report are very welcome. Moreover – it is always a good idea to clearly indicate the final result in your summary and, if possible, compare it with known data.

3. Exercises

There are some instructions and keywords below that I'd like you to get familiar with. Feel free to use any on-line resources or the literature I've recommended on the first meeting. A guidence on how to use the lab equipment for all the exercises will be provided in class. Please see this website for a table/schedule of all the exercises.

EXERCISE #101: Speed of light (PDF file)

EXERCISE #102: Gravitational acceleration (PDF file)

EXERCISE #103: Linear expansion of solids (PDF file)

EXERCISE #104: Moment of inertia (PDF file)

EXERCISE #105: Young's modulus (PDF file)

EXERCISE #106: Uniformly accelerated motion (PDF file)

EXERCISE #107: Viscosity (PDF file)


EXERCISE #201: Capacitors: studying capacity by means of relaxation oscillations. Please get familiar with the following: alternating/direct current (AC/DC), capacitor (working principle, properties, e.g. capacity, etc.) , electrical resistance, neon light.

Measurements: Report (on top of an introduction according to instructions given at the bottom of the page):

EXERCISE #202: Electrical transformers. Please get familiar with the following: working principle of an electrical transformer, alternating/direct current (AC/DC), power rating, ratio and efficiency of a transformer, load/no-load state, open/short circuit.

Measurements: Report (on top of an introduction according to instructions given at the bottom of the page):

EXERCISE #203: Electrical conductors and semiconductor: studying conductivity as a function of temperature. Please get familiar with the following: conductor/semiconductor, temperature (and how it affects matter), electrical resistivity.

Measurements: Report (on top of an introduction according to instructions given at the bottom of the page):

EXERCISE #204: Electrical conductor within external magnetic field. Please get familiar with the following: magnetic field, Lorentz force.

Measurements/report:

EXERCISE #205: Determining Planck's constant and work function by means of photoelectric effect. Please get familiar with the following: photoelectric effect, work function, Planck's constant.

Measurements: Report (on top of an introduction according to instructions given at the bottom of the page):

EXERCISE #206: Ferromagnets, hysteresis loop and Hall effect. Please get familiar with the following: Ferromagnetism/paramagnetism/diamagnetism, Curie temperature, hysteresis loop, Hall effect.

Measurements: Report (on top of an introduction according to instructions given at the bottom of the page):

EXERCISE #207: Thermocouples. Please get familiar with the following: thermocouples, Seebeck effect, Thomson effect, Peltier effect, Fermi level, work function.

Measurements: Report (on top of an introduction according to instructions given at the bottom of the page):

EXERCISE #301: Determining refractive index by means of real and apparent thickness measurement.

Measurements: Report (on top of an introduction according to instructions given at the bottom of the page):

EXERCISE #302: Determining focal lenght.

Measurements: Report (on top of an introduction according to instructions given at the bottom of the page):

EXERCISE #303: Determining grating constant.

Measurements and report:

EXERCISE #304: Optical emission spectra.

Measurements and report:

EXERCISE #305: Refractive index and Abbe refractometer.

Measurements: Report:

EXERCISE #306: Polarisation of light.

Measurements: Report:

EXERCISE #307: Efficiency of light sources.

Measurements and report:

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