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Physics Experiments 3

Course 2018-2019

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Admission Requirements

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 topic that you like but it is limited in that you need to measure and control your experimental setup using the MyDAQ and your setup needs to contain a feedback loop. Any noise in your setup should be explicitly dealt with.

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 2 into your experimental design;
- Independently obtain reliable 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.

Generic skills (soft 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.


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Contact data lecturer: P. Logman (Paul)