We expect to offer laboratories on campus, with related assessments marked regularly. Problem-solving classes (SGTAs) are expected to be held online and on campus. Problem-solving is a key skill to develop in this unit, supported by lecture content, textbook readings, and examples of worked solutions to tutorial questions. This will be assessed through regular quizzes, mid-semester and final examination.
The laboratory component is an essential component of your studies and so counts for an appreciable fraction of your final assessment. You will be introduced to some of the basic skills and techniques required of practicing physicists, scientists and engineers. You will be issued with a Laboratory Notebook, provided with instructional material in the form of Laboratory Notes which can be found in the Laboratory Resources section of iLearn, and assisted in the laboratory by a team of demonstrators. For each laboratory session, except in week 1, you are required to complete some preparatory work (Pre-Lab) before attending your nominated Lab session. To figure out which Prelab to do, please consult the Laboratory Schedule on iLearn.
Location: There are two laboratories used for 1st year physics they are both in 14 SCO (formerly E7B):
Room 114 (Ground floor at the North-East corner of building)
Room 254 (First floor, north-facing side of the atrium)
Please check iLearn to see where your lab class will take place.
Laboratory Safety: You are required to follow all safety guidelines given in the first Lab session, your lab notes, and the lab staff. Food and drink cannot be consumed in the lab, and students without suitable covered footwear will be refused admission.
Covid-19 considerations: Labs are scheduled for on-campus delivery. You will need to comply with a number of Covid safety procedures, including the wearing of masks, sanitising hands and cleaning of work surfaces. In the event that a Covid outbreak causes the suspension of on-campus delivery, then an online version lab program will be provided, at the same time as your timetabled on-campus lab class. Instructions will be provided via iLearn should this change become necessary.
SGTAs will be held every week, with assigned problems posted online. Please check your timetable to see where and when your class will be held (either online or on-campus). Students will work on solving the problems in the class and tutors will be available to advise.
Quizzes will be assigned each week, and marks recorded.