Physics Year 2 Laboratory (F3226)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

In this module, you learn how to perform experiments, make measurements, analyse data, and present conclusions in the form of a report. You will become familiar with a number of basic measurement techniques employed in experimental physics and with the instrumentation associated with these.

You learn how to estimate the uncertainties in various measurement techniques and how to quote statistically significant uncertainties in derived quantities.
You will also be able to report clearly on the conduct of an experiment and on the conclusions drawn from the data obtained.

You will choose a selection from the following experiments:

  • Transmission lines
  • Doppler effect
  • Velocity of light
  • Hall effect
  • Stirling cycle heat engine
  • High-temperature superconductivity 
  • Mercury spectroscopy
  • Zeeman effect
  • Guitar experiment I (Fourier analysis)
  • Refractive index of gases
  • Analogue electronics


100%: Practical (Laboratory)


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 48 hours of contact time and 102 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.