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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Physics Laboratory III
Module Code PS258
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Enda McGlynn
Semester 2: Enda McGlynn
Autumn: Enda McGlynn
Module TeachersEnda McGlynn
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
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Year 2 semester 1 general physics laboratory for AP & PHA classes involving prescribed experiments.

Learning Outcomes

1. Acquire and analyse experimental data from a range of experiments
2. Concisely write a technical report on a selection of these experiments
3. Apply knowledge gained in lecture modules to the interpretation of experimental results.
4. Describe relevant ethical issues in relation to plagiarism and adhere to University regulations concerning same.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory72Undertaking experiments.
Independent Study53Background reading for experiments and writing up experimental reports.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Experimental List:
Students will carry out a subset of the following experiments:(i) X-ray Diffraction (ii) Microwave Diffraction (iii) Gamma ray spectroscopy (iv) Solar cell (v) The Hall Effect (vi) Radioactivity (vii) Transmission filters (viii) Diffraction grating spectrum of mercury (ix) Optical polarization (x) Optical diffraction(xi) Newton s Rings (xii) Measurement of the Speed of Light (xiii) Error measurement (xiv) The Spectrometer (xv) Least squares fitting (xvi) Half-life of Barium-137 (xvii) Blackbody radiation (xviii) DeBroglie wavelength of electron (xix) Frank-Hertz experiment (xx) Spectrum of hydrogen or other newly introduced experiments. The exact range of experiments may vary slightly from year to year.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Practical/skills evaluationLaboratory experiment write-ups submitted via loop.100%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

  • Young & Freedman: 0, University Physics, Addison Wesley (Pearson),
  • D.G. Giancoli: 0, Physics Principles with Applications, Prentice Hall,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
APBSc in Applied Physics
PHABSc in Physics with Astronomy

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