This is our advanced physics laboratory that offers state-of-the-art experimental training in specialist experiments to our advanced undergrads and graduate students. There is more project work, troubleshooting, experimental design and lots of open-ended inquiries. The course also comprises components of scientific writing, presentation, computation, workshop practice and innovation.


Graphical programming and data acquisition using Labview pendulum-magn

Uncertainties and measurement

  • Read Ch 1-6, Section 9.1, 9.6 of I.G. Hughes, T.P.A. Hase “Measurements and their Uncertainties” before 28 September 2016.
  • Download homework on uncertainties. Due date is Monday, October 14, 6:00 pm.

Workshop practice Dr. Sabieh 082

How to write your lab report

Students are required to type their lab reports in LaTeX. To be able to use LaTeX on your computers, follow the following guidelines, furthermore, read this article on the importance of laboratory notebook by Jacob T. Stanley and H. J. Lewandowski of the University of Colorado,


(1) Install MiKTeX from the website. MikTeX is a really nice implementation of LaTeX. (2) Install an editor. A free editor is Texniccenter. Another editor that requires a password is Winedt. (3) Try compiling the following sample files. If it works, and a pdf or dvi or ps output is produced, well and good. Use the template for typesetting beautiful documents rich with mathematics, equations and graphics.

All images must be in eps format. For example, figures made in Matlab in .fig format must be saved as *.eps and imported into the LaTeX source code. We normally use Adobe’s Photoshop and Illustrator for formatting of bitmapped and vector graphics respectively.

Here is a zipped file which provides you with a nice ready-made template to get started in LaTeX. Finally, here is what I am looking for and not looking for in a lab report.

Think-aloud activities