The student should develop analysis and synthesis capabilities as well as critical judgment. Also should learn to adapt to new situations and be able to recognize data quality. Competences to develop: capability to investigate, to organize and plan, to communicate orally and in writing, problem solving, team work and application of theoretical knowledge
Perform a set of experiments in the areas of Mechanics, Electricity and Modern Physics, in the framework of the contents learned in the courses of General Physics I and II, and in Foundations of Modern Physics.
The experiments are focused on elastic springs, rotational movement, Ohm and Kirchhoff laws, light and electron diffraction and photoelectric effect. The objective is to relate and interpret the obtained results with the theoretical concepts acquired in other courses, and apply and develop the experimental data analysis techniques.
In each area are performed 2 to 3 laboratory experiments, with a maximum duration of 3 hours each.
The results obtained are analyzed and presented in a written report, to be discussed and evaluated by the professor.
General Physics I. Foundations of Modern Physics. Laboratory Techniques in Physics . Frequency of General Physics II
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in analysis and synthesis; . Critical thinking; . Adaptability to new situations; . Quality concerns; . Research skills; . Competence in organization and planning; . Competence in oral and written communication; . Competence to solve problems; . Competence for working in group; . Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice; (by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
total of teaching hours
Laboratory or field work
relatórios dos trabalhos 30 %
assessment implementation in 20152016 Assessment Report of a seminar or field trip: 25.0% Laboratory work or Field work: 75.0%
Bibliography of reference
ABREU, M.C.; MATIAS, L. & PERALTA, L.F. (1994). Física Experimental: Uma introdução. Lisboa: Editorial Presença.
FERREIRA, Liliana. Introdução à análise e tratamento de dados experimentais, Departamento de Física da Universidade de Coimbra, 2012.
ALONSO, M. & FINN, E. (1999). Física. Addison-Wesley Iberoamericana.
TIPLER, Paul (2000). Física. 4ª Ed. Editora Guanabara-Koogan.
COSTA, M.M.R.R. & ALMEIDA, M.J.B.M. de (1993). Fundamentos de Física. Coimbra: Livraria Almedina.
CAMPOS, N. Ayres de. Introdução à análise de dados. Departamento de Física, Universidade de Coimbra.
Students are given a guide as well as bibliography to study and prepare the experiment and can visit the lab prior to class. They are encouraged to keep a logbook in class, where every occurrence and relevant notes related to the experiment should be reported. This logbook will have an important role in the elaboration of the report.
. Equipamento laboratorial adequado aos trabalhos programados, em número suficiente para o funcionamento simultâneo e independente dos grupos de trabalho organizados. . Guiões dos trabalhos práticos . Notas de apoio e bibliografia específica de acordo com os conteúdos envolvidos em cada trabalho prático . Caderno de notas (logbook) . papel milimétrico . máquina de calcular, régua, lápis, borracha e esferográfica.