Syllabus for Experimental Methods for Physics I

Experimentell metodik för fysik I


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA608
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2020-02-27
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2023-01-27
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Mathematics 4/Mathematics E
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

The course is meant to prepare students for further studies in experimental physics.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • formulate hypotheses and problem statements under given conditions
  • design and perform physics experiments to investigate problem statements according to the scientific method
  • plan and evaluate experiments based on estimated uncertainties and experimental methods
  • analyze experimental results using computers
  • document experimental work in in the form of a logbook and a laboratory report
  • discuss ethical aspects in experimental studies
  • present and argue for chosen methods and obtained results


Design of experimental studies and the scientific method. Introduction to ethical aspects in experimental physics. Basic measurement techniques, data handling and analysis. Measurements uncertainties and propagation of measurements uncertainties. Basic statistics for experimental physics. Regression and least squares fitting. Data analysis in Python. Logbook keeping and reporting.


Lectures in the form of flipped classroom, tutorials and laboratory exercises. The course uses programmeintegrated communications training with feedback and self-evaluation.


Home assignments (1 credit). Logbook, written report and oral presentation of project (2 credits). Oral examination (2 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the assessment method indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Taylor, John Robert An introduction to error analysis : the study of the uncertainties in physical measurements

    2. ed.: Sausalito, Calif.: University Science, cop. 1997

    Find in the library


  • Bevington, Philip R.; Robinson, D. Keith Data reduction and error analysis for the physical sciences

    3. ed.: Boston: McGraw-Hill, cop. 2003

    Find in the library

  • Adams, Robert A.; Essex, Christopher Calculus : a complete course. Student solutions manual

    8. ed.: Toronto: Pearson Canada, cop. 2014

    Find in the library

  • Hughes, Ifan.; Hase, Thomas. Measurements and their Uncertainties : A Practical Guide to Modern Error Analysis.

    Oxford: OUP Oxford, 2010

    Find in the library

  • Lindskog, Jan Mätvärdesbehandling och rapportering av mätresultat

    3. uppl.: Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2010

    Find in the library

  • Jönsson, Per MATLAB-beräkningar inom teknik och naturvetenskap

    3. [uppdaterade] uppl.: Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2010

    Find in the library

  • Kanare, Howard M. Writing the laboratory notebook

    Washington: American Chemical Society, 1985

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26