Physics Education Lab (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Nicola Daldosso
Nicola Daldosso
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II sem. dal Mar 1, 2017 al Jun 9, 2017.

Lesson timetable

II sem.
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM lesson Laboratory Laboratorio Ciberfisico from Mar 8, 2017  to Jun 9, 2017
Wednesday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Laboratory Laboratorio Ciberfisico from Mar 2, 2017  to Jun 9, 2017
Thursday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Laboratory Laboratorio Ciberfisico from Mar 3, 2017  to Jun 9, 2017

Learning outcomes

The course deals with Physics themes that are fundamental for the scientific training of the future School teachers.
Students are guided to experiments and design instruction strategies aimed at helping high school pupils in understanding physics. They acquire familiarity with both traditional and new teaching tools and new multimedia and collaborative technologies.


- Errors theory and basics of Mechanics
- Electricity and Circuits
- Geometrical optics fundamentals
- Principles of wave optics
- Thormology and calorimetry

- Creation of a setup for experiments
- Preparation of laboratory sheets
- Analysis of the experimental data

Experiments :
- Hooke law
- Deviation and distribution of forces in simple machines
- simple pendulum (g determination)
- Geometrical optics
- Wave optics (interference and diffraction )

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Paolo Fornasini The Uncertainty in Physical Measurements (An introduction to data analysis in the Physics Laboratory) Springer 2008 9780387786490

Assessment methods and criteria

During the exam, students must show that:
- they know and understand the fundamental concepts of Experimental Error Theory, measurements instruments and experimental methodology
- they have a good capability of realizing an experiment
- they are able to analyse and discuss experimental data in a Laboratory Report.

The exam consists of an oral examination and in a written part. This last is a Laboratory Report on one of the experiments performed during the year. The admission to the oral exam is subject to the approval of the written test.