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Physics Lab Report Writing Guide

Physics Lab Report Writing Guide

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University of Malta
B.Sc. (
Hons
.) physics practicals guidelines PS. Farrugia
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Contents
Contents....................................................................................................................................1Acknowledgment.....................................................................................................................2Chapter 1 Introduction.............................................................................................................3Chapter 2 General overview of the report layout..................................................................52.1 The general laboratory report layout............................................................................52.2 Classification and handling of errors...........................................................................52.2.1 Systematic measurement errors.............................................................................62.2.2 Random measurement errors.................................................................................72.2.3 Comparison between systematic and random measurement errors....................82.2.4 The uncertainty in a single measurement.............................................................92.2.5 The uncertainty in repeated readings of the same measurement.......................102.2.6 The uncertainty in a variable that is a function of other variables....................122.2.7 Linear Regression................................................................................................142.2.8 Relative errors and decimal consistency.............................................................162.3 Report format...............................................................................................................18Chapter 3 B.Sc. physics practicals layout............................................................................203.1 Date..............................................................................................................................203.2 Name and Surname.....................................................................................................203.3 Experiment number.....................................................................................................203.4 Title..............................................................................................................................203.5 Sources of error and precautions................................................................................203.6 Data collection and tabulation....................................................................................213.7 Graph............................................................................................................................263.8 Calculations.................................................................................................................313.9 Calculations of errors..................................................................................................353.10 Conclusion or discussion..........................................................................................393.11 References..................................................................................................................413.12 Check the sheet to see that you have done everything............................................423.13 Check list for B.Sc. practicals:.................................................................................43Chapter 4 Errors and Precautions.........................................................................................464.1 Alignment....................................................................................................................464.2 Cleanliness...................................................................................................................464.3 Contact potentials........................................................................................................464.4 Human time reflex action............................................................................................474.5 Parallax error...............................................................................................................474.6 Scale rounding-off error..............................................................................................484.7 Scale zero error............................................................................................................484.8 Variation of dimensions..............................................................................................49Bibliography...........................................................................................................................50

University of Malta
B.Sc. (
Hons
.) physics practicals guidelines PS. Farrugia
2
Acknowledgment
I would like to thank Dr. Alfred Micallef and Mr. Joseph Cutajar for supplying thestarting point material on which this work was built. I would also like to thank them fortheir support and for reviewing the work.

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