2017 Experiments in Physics I

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Yoshino Junji  Kuze Masahiro  Nomura Ryuji  Ienaga Koichiro  Kaneko Shin-Ichi  Uchida Makoto  Tanishiro Yasumasa  Fujiyoshi Satoru  Yatsu Yoichi  Hashisaka Masayuki  Kondo Yosuke  Nakano Kenichi  Inoue Ryotaro 
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Mon5-8(物理学科学生実験室(本館・南5))  Thr5-8(物理学科学生実験室(本館・南5))  
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Course description and aims

Observing nature is fundamentally important for research in the natural science of physics. Students in this course will learn the main observation skills that form the basis of research in various subfields of physics.
Students in this course will build devices for observing the natural world themselves, use them in practice, observe signals from the natural world or stimulate the natural world and then observe its response. Students will thus learn observation skills as well as experience for themselves how classroom physics is not an armchair theory, but a real thing.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to
1. Acquire the basic and general experimental techniques for the research on physics.
2. Draw up a research plan, collect, analyze, examine the data obtained, and produce a report based on the findings.


Experiment, Light, Vacuum, Electronic circuits, Radiation measurements

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Guidance will be provided first. Students will run an experiment in each of the 6 classes on the 4 topics of light, vacuum/atoms/molecules, electronics, and radiation measurement, submitting individual lab reports after completion.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The following four main subjects, each of which will be covered for 6 days, will be assigned to every student taking this course. Each subject is divided into some subtopics. A session is held in the afternoon twice a week. 1. Light    Interference of light    Wave-like properties of light    Diffraction of light 2. Vacuum, atoms and molecules    High-vacuum measurement    Measurement of conductance    Fractional distillation 3. Electronics    Digital circuits    Analogue circuits 4. Radiation measurement Cloud chamber Scintillation detector Solid state detector Explain diffraction and interference of light. Explain the method to produce a vacuum. Explain the function and the usage of digital integrated circuits and operational amplifiers. Explain how to detect radiation.


A textbook issued by staff in the Physics Department will be given. Some other books may also be used when necessary.

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

Based on attendances (including the one at the Guidance), discussions and submitted reports.

Related courses

  • Basic experiments in physics
  • Physics A,B
  • ZUB.E202 : Electromagnetism I
  • ZUB.E216 : Electromagnetism II
  • ZUB.Q204 : Quantum Mechanics I

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Classes, exercises and basic physics experiments held from the first to the fourth semesters for Physics Course students are recommended to be studied before taking this course.

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