Master's degree in Mathematics

Physics Education Lab

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Name of lecturer
Nicola Daldosso
Nicola Daldosso
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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II semestre dal Mar 2, 2020 al Jun 12, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course deals with Physics themes that are fundamental for the scientific training of the future School teachers by means of a guided training module in which in addition to the excecution of simple experiments, particular attention is devoted to the preparation of the experiments themselves (e.g. Experiment Description Sheet), the physical set up of the experiments (with different materials and instruments), the definition and the comparison of the experimental methods and procedures, the analysis and the discussion of the experimental data, and the preparation of laboratory and teaching reports. Students are guided to experiments and design instruction strategies aimed at helping high school pupils in understanding physics. They acquire familiarity with both traditional and new teaching tools and multimedia and technologies.


- Errors theory and basics of Mechanics
- Electricity and Circuits
- Geometrical optics fundamentals
- Principles of wave optics
- Thormology and calorimetry

- Creation of a setup for experiments
- Preparation of laboratory sheets
- Analysis of the experimental data

Experiments :
- Hooke law
- Deviation and distribution of forces in simple machines
- simple pendulum (g determination)
- Geometrical optics
- Wave optics (interference and diffraction )

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
John R. Taylor Introduzione all'analisi degli errori (lo studio delle incertezze nelle misure fisiche) (Edizione 2) Zanichelli 1999
Paolo Fornasini The Uncertainty in Physical Measurements (An introduction to data analysis in the Physics Laboratory) Springer 2008 9780387786490

Assessment methods and criteria

During the exam, students must show that:
- they know and understand the fundamental concepts of Experimental Error Theory, measurements instruments and experimental methodology
- they have a good capability of realizing an experiment
- they are able to analyse and discuss experimental data in a Laboratory Report.

The exam consists of an oral examination and in a written part. This last is a Laboratory Report on one of the experiments performed during the year. The admission to the oral exam is subject to the approval of the written test.

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