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Physics Experiments 3


Admission Requirements

Experimental Physics (Experimentele Natuurkunde deel I) needs to have been finished successfully.

Furthermore, we expect you to have finished succesfully the courses Optics, Classical Mechanics a, AN1na, AN2na, AN3na and Physics Experiments 1 and Physics Experiments 2. Mainly, we expect you to have a working knowledge of both Physics Experiments 1 and Physics Experiments 2.


During the course Physics Experiments 3 you will learn how to independently conduct scientific research (from generating the first idea until presenting and reporting the final results) for a period of 56 hours in which you will incorporate the theory from Physics Experiments 1 and 2 into your experimental design.

The research will be conducted as a duo that you choose yourselves. You will be given a lot of freedom, for example, you can have parts of your setup made at the precision mechanical service (FMD) or electronic service (ELD). One of the goals of this course is that it will help you to know what to do in the event of setbacks and deal with them. This, in turn, will help you to make a more realistic planning for future projects such as your Bachelor Project.

At certain intervals you will present or report your intermediary results to the lecturer and your colleague teams. The course will be finalized by a presentation and a written report. The team’s grade will be assessed using similar rubrics as will be used in the Bachelor Project.

You can choose any physics research topic that you're interested in but it is limited by a non-extensive list of measurement and analysis techniques that are published on BrightSpace and that you have encountered before in Physics Experiments 1 & Physics Experiments 2. We enjoy seeing ambitious research based on phenomena in physics.

Course objectives

After completion of the project you will be able to conduct scientific research in physics from the first conception of a research subject up to reporting and presenting the conclusions drawn from the research.

This means you will be able to

  • Formulate relevant scientific questions, based on prior research results or literature study

  • Write a measurement plan, which describes the measurement technique, the data analysis, the expected results, and their relation to the research question(s); - Apply the theory from Physics Experiments 1 and Physics Experiments 2 into your experimental design;

  • Independently obtain trustworthy results from the experiments;

  • Critically and correctly analyze the results of the experiment;

  • Produce as many results as could be expected from the original plans or more;

  • Prioritize your actions, by focusing on the relevant scientific questions.

Transferable skills

More generally you will be able to

  • Professionally respond to feedback: incorporate the feedback into the research by adapting your practices;

  • Collaborate as a proactive team player;

  • Plan your research activities realistically and deliver expected products before the deadlines;

  • Communicate the conclusions of your research in an engaging and structured way, both verbally and orally.


For detailed information go to Timetable in Brightspace

You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of instruction

See Brightspace

Assessment method

Reading list


From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

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Docent: P. Logman (Paul)