2023 Experimental Physics

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Physics
Somiya Kentaro 
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Course description and aims

[summary] The lecture will be given for the basics of the physics experiments. The topics will be, how to write experiment's note, writing a good report, processing and statistics of data, optical measurements, technique for the vacuum operation, the particle detection techniques, circuit board works.

[aim] These knowledges will become useful when taking the 'Experiments in Physics A' and 'Experiments in Physics B'.

Student learning outcomes

[the goal] To learn the basic knowledge and techniques for the physics experiment, and the main principles behind.
In order to observe and verify the law of the nature, the students need to learn experimental techniques as well as the
documenting skills and interpretation of the experimental procedures, and the results.
Also the understanding of experiment itself and the data processing techniques are important.
In this class, the student can learn these basics of the physics experiment.


physics experiment, data processing, experiment report

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The lectures will be given with PowerPoint slides.
The lecturer may perform a demonstration of some experiments.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 How to write a report (1) Learn the structure of a good physics report.
Class 2 How to write a report (2) Learn how to draw a graph.
Class 3 Radiation Learn fundamentals about radiation.
Class 4 Optics Learn fundamentals about optics experiments.
Class 5 Vacuum Learn fundamentals of vacuum experiments.
Class 6 Electronics Learn about analog circuits and digital control.
Class 7 Researcher ethics Understand the researcher ethics.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to prepare and review class contents.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

'Physics Experiment' edited by TokyoTech Physics department

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are requested to submit reports 3~4 times during the term.

Related courses

  • PHY.L202 : Experiments in Physics A
  • PHY.L203 : Experiments in Physics B
  • PHY.L210 : Computational Physics

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