2020 Physics Experiment I

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Jinnouchi Osamu  Hirayama Hiroyuki  Yatsu Yoichi  Moritake Yuto  Kurita Nobuyuki  Tanishiro Yasumasa  Hata Tokuro  Yamazaki Shiro  Oide Hideyuki  Kikuchi Toshiyuki 
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Intensive (西2号館教養科目物理学実験室(Introductory Physics Laboratory))  
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Course description and aims

This course conducts elementary experiments related to mechanics, waves, optics, and thermodynamics.

Students confirm physical phenomena through experiments and learn experimental techniques used in physics, methods of data analyses and specifics of report preparation.

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the principles and methods of experiments.
2) Efficiently use experimental apparatus.
3) Analyze experimental data.
4) Prepare clear and concise experimental reports.


Young's modulus, surface tension, specific-heat ratio, wavelength of light

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This course is conducted during the summer season (between 2Q and 3Q). The students are grouped in 12 groups (A~L), and each group conduct the 3 experiments (themes) in consecutive 3 days (except for weekends, TokyoTech official summer holidays).
Students are to complete given experiments and report their results. Each student works on the experiment alone.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance (the last 2 weeks of 2Q). Students can participate on any one day.
Class 2 From class 2, students will rotate through and complete the 3 themes out of following 4 experiments. 1. Young’s modulus Read textbook in advance and understand experimental procedure.
Class 3 3. Surface tension of a liquid Read textbook in advance and understand experimental procedure.
Class 4 5. Specific-heat ratio of air Read textbook in advance and understand experimental procedure.
Class 5 7. Measurement of the wavelength of light Read textbook in advance and understand experimental procedure.


Elementary Physics Experiments: Fumio Kakimoto and Kenji Ema; Tokyo Kyogakusha

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Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated by student’s class performance, reports, and attendance

Related courses

  • Fundamentals of Mechanics 1
  • Fundamentals of Mechanics 2

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

No prerequisites.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Toshiyuki Kikuchi (kikuchi[at]phys.titech.ac.jp, 2464)

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance


In order to follow the procedure for COVID-19, the number of registration will be limited to about 200 students.
If the number of applications (as of 6th of July) exceeds 200, there will be a selection. At the selection higher priority
will be put for those who are going to take teachers certificates, and those who wish to apply for the physics department.

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