School of Physics & Astronomy

Year-two practical work

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For students taking the level-two Physics modules, practical work is intended to provide training in experimental techniques. It is taught mainly in the laboratory, assisted by some lectures. Laboratory sessions are held from around 3.00 to 5.30 p.m. on either Mondays or Thursdays, following on from a problem-solving workshop. There are a number of units providing experience in measurement techniques, familiarity with instrumentation, and electronics.   Data processing using computers will be an important part of some units. In Physics 2B visits to research laboratories will give an opportunity to see techniques being used professionally.

Domes at the observatoryThe aims of practical work in Astronomy & Astrophysics are:

  • to give confidence in working with and interpreting astronomical data
  • to instill an appreciation of the practicalities and excitement of making observations using research-grade telescopes
  • to enhance students' awareness of the ever-changing nature of the night sky.

Astronomy & Astrophysics laboratory sessions are held from 3.00 - 5.30 p.m. on Tuesdays. There are additional evening meetings at the Observatory so that students may gain experience of observational work.

Last updated BDS 3.8.04