FHEQ Level: Level 5 (Second Year)
Module Code: F300 20041
Course Reference Number (CRN): 59409
Delivery: September Start, Trimester 1 (Short Fat)
• A series of laboratory experiments across a range of areas in physics
• Experimental data analysis
• Reporting of experiments in physics
• Programming Skills
• Numerical Methods
• Stochastic simulations
• Applications to a range of areas in physics
Coursework: Experimental Journal, 50%
Coursework: Computing Journal, 50%
More detailed information may be found in the Assessments section.
Computational Physics – Mark Newman (2013) – ISBN 978-148014551-1
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You will learn about experimental and computational methods applied in physics. You will undertake a series of experiments across a range of areas in physics, learn how to record results and link your findings to laws of physics. You will further develop computing skills and apply these to simulations in physics. The module is taught in laboratory settings with instruction and hands-on help.
1. To develop good experimental technique and data acquisition across a range of areas in physics.
2. To develop techniques of data analysis and associated reporting skills.
3. To develop computer skills in programming and implementation of numerical techniques to solve problems in physics.
Knowledge & Understanding
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate good experimental technique and planning.
2. Critically assess experimental data.
3. Write structured programs implementing numerical techniques.
4. Solve physical problems requiring numerical techniques.
5. Demonstrate good reporting skills.
Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Teaching will be conducted in the laboratory through the undertaking of a number of extended experiments spanning a range of area in physics. Instruction and support will be given in the laboratory in the undertaking of individual experiments and data collection. You will record information obtained in a journal. Formative feedback will be given on activities throughout the trimester.
Assessment will take the form of a journal recording the individual activities and including a detailed report and presentation of one of the experiments undertaken.
Teaching will be conducted in a computing laboratory through workshops. Good programming practice will be demonstrated leading towards the implementation of numerical methods to solve problems in physics. A series of exercises will be undertaken in a supported environment across a range of area in physics. Formative feedback will be given on exercises throughout the trimester.
Assessment will take the form of an assignment involving an extended problem-solving exercise utilising the taught computational techniques, and reported in the form of a paper justifying the methodology employed and including a critical analysis of findings.