Physics Laboratory - EFQ

Ano letivo: 2013-2014
Specification sheet

Specific details
course codecycle os studiesacademic semestercredits ECTSteaching language
2003268213.0pt *)

*) N.B.  if there are students who do not speak Portuguese the language is English.

Learning goals

To develop the ability to promote the experimental  teaching of Physics.

To adapt experimental activities of physics in the context of secondary education.

To develop the ability to use new didactic resources in the physics teaching domain.

Generic competence to achieve:

- competence in organizing and planing;

- competence in problem solving;

- competence in critical reasoning;

- adaptability to new situations;

- competence in aplying in practice the theoretical knowledge;

- competence in analysis and synthesis;

- competence in oral and written communication;

- informatics as a tool for study  knowledge

- ability to do  team work

- ability to establish a self-evaluation and self-criticisms;

(in decreasing order of importance)


Planning and executing experimental activities of different thematic units of classical and modern physics.

The experiments will be performed in acontext adapted to the physics official programs of  secondary school. Modern equipment like computers and graphical calculators will be used associated with sensors allowing for the automatic data acquisition aswell as traditional (manual) data acquisition.


1st cycle in Chemistry or Physics.

Generic skills to reach
. Competence in organization and planning;
. Competence to solve problems;
. Critical thinking;
. Adaptability to new situations;
. Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice;
. Competence in analysis and synthesis;
. Competence in oral and written communication;
. Computer Skills for the scope of the study;
. Competence for working in group;
. Self-criticism and self-evaluation;
(by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
laboratory classes30
total of teaching hours30

Laboratory or field work80 %
Other20 %
assessment implementation in 20132014
Assessment Frequency: 20.0%
Laboratory work or Field work: 80.0%

Bibliography of reference

Física Experimental - Uma introdução. M.C. Abreu, L. Matias, L.F. Peralta. Editorial Presença, Lisboa, 1994.

Data reduction and error analysis for the physical sciences. P.R. Bevington. McGraw-HillData Analysis(3rd .ed). Siegmund Brandt. Springer, New York, 1999.

Compêndios de Física Geral de nível universitário

Compêndios de Física do ensino básico e secundário

Manuais de instrução de equipamento didáctico

Programas de ensino da Física do Curso Científico-Humanístico de Ciências e Tecnologia do ensino secundário (Ministério da Educação: Departamento do Ensino Secundário)

Ciências Físicas e Naturais: Orientações Curriculares do 3º ciclo do ensino básico. (Ministério da Educação: Departamento de Educação Básica)

Teaching method
class=column grid_10> Physics Laboratory ‹ back to study programme Academic year 2013-2014
Resources used
Equipamento laboratorial diversificado
Software didáctico
Projectores multimédia