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Archived Version 2019 - 2020

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Year 2 semester 1 general physics laboratory for AP, PBM & 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.
5. Demonstrate engagement with relevant professional development skills development exercises in areas such as scientific writing, CV and interview skills etc.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory72Undertaking experiments.
Independent Study43Background reading for experiments and writing up experimental reports.
Professional Practice10Engaging with professional development activities. There will be two such identified activities in the semester, and the details will be notified to the class at the beginning of semester.
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.

Professional development activities
Professional development activities such as writing for/communicating to different audiences, CV and interview skills etc. The exact range of activities may vary slightly from year to year.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

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