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

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 55 hours of contact time and about 95 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


This module is offered on the following courses: