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Syllabus of the course: Physics Laboratory I - Mechanics & Thermodynamics

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InstructorV. Apostolopoulos
ProgramSection Α: Tuesday, 11:00-14:00
Section B: Tuesday, 15:00-18:00
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Goal of the courseThe course is addressed to first year undergraduate students who already have a background in General Physics. It is an introduction to the process of experimental measurements, and the basic methods of analysis of experimental data. Through the experimental exercises the students have the opportunity to verify physical laws that they have been taught in the context of General Physics, and make measurements of basic physical quantities. The presence in the laboratory is compulsory.
SyllabusPart A. Introduction to Error Theory and Data Analysis.
Physical measurements and errors – Significant digits – Basic concepts of Statistics (mean value, standard deviation of the mean – Normal distribution) – Methods of calculation of errors – Graphs - Introduction to the Least Square method

Part B. Laboratory exercises
1. Simple measurements and errors
2. Simple harmonic motion a) simple pendulum b) natural pendulum
3. Study of free fall – measurement of the acceleration of gravity
4. Study of simple circular motion – centripetal force
5. Study of the rotation of solid bodies – moment of inertia
6. Study of the 1st and 2nd Law of Newton on the air-track
7. Study of harmonic motion and oscillations on the air-track
8. Electrical Equivalent of heat and thermal conductivity of metals
9. Calorimetry. Measurement of special heat of solids – latent heat – calibration of thermocouple
10. Measurement of the viscosity of fluids.
BibliographyLaboratory exercises in Physics: Mechanics and Heat, A. Zezas, University of Crete, Herakleion, 2013
Physics for Scientists and engineers, R. Serway
Physics, D. Haliday & R. Resnick
Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the physical sciences, P.R. Bevington & D.K. Robinson
Probabilities and Statistics, M. R. Spiegel, Schaum’s Outline Series

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