Module 2: Experimentation and Measurement

Module 2 Coordinator: Dr. Lynann Clapham

The experimentation module (Module 2) introduces quantitative experimental design and analysis using a progressive approach in 12 weekly 3-hour sessions. Two tutorial labs introduce collection, analysis and reporting of data and develop a systematic approach to experimental design for a very simple Hooke’s Law case.  Six "breadth" labs then illustrate the structure of well-designed experiments using a variety of measuring instruments and allowing the student to improve their data analysis and technical report writing skills. The final component is a 3-week project where students design and complete their own laboratory experiment.

The focus of this module is on the development of basic laboratory skills and the critical evaluation of results, with emphasis on knowledge of measurement techniques, data management, and error analysis. It provides instruction and hands-on experience in designing experiments, developing formal report writing skills, and reinforcing basic physics and chemistry concepts.

For information about the schedule and grading, please see the Module 2 handbook and check into Queen’s D2L course updates.

Email questions or concerns about Module 2 to Aubert Pereira (apereira@physics.queensu.ca)