Physics 1 (2008/2009)

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Course code
4S00038
Credits
7
Coordinator
Gino Mariotto
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
Laboratorio 1 FIS/01-EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS 3° Q Gino Mariotto
Teoria 6 FIS/01-EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS 2° Q Gino Mariotto

Learning outcomes

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Aim of the module is to give basic knowledge as regards direct and indirect measurement of physical quantities and evaluation of uncertainty taking into account instrument resolution, random errors and sistematic errors.

Syllabus

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Physical quantities and their measurement: base and derived quantities; measurement units; systems of mesurements units; direct and indirect measurements; dimensional analysis; measuring instruments, resolution and uncertainty.

Random errors: hystograms and statistical parameters, limit distribution, gaussian distribution; parameters estimation for a gaussian distribution, uncertainty due to random errors; comparison between measurement resolution and random errors.

Systematic errors: uncertainty in case of inconsistent measurements, global uncertainty.

Absolute and relative uncertainty. Propagation of uncertainty in indirect measurements.

A laboratory experience: measurement of the oscillation period of a pendulum and determination of gravitational acceleration.

Assessment methods and criteria

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Written report on the laboratory experience.