Lab 1 also called the freshmen lab is our flagship laboratory. On these pages, you will find important notes and details of all the insightful experiments that we try to build and communicate to our students.
Here is a series of six lectures presented under the banner of the introductory physics laboratory course offered to science and engineering students. The presentations and associated videos encompass some exciting features of lab work, bring home the idea of standardized uncertainty measurements and present examples of how accurate graphical presentation of data can illuminate new experiences in the physics. The lectures encompass ideas such as the culture of experimental physics, science of measurement and uncertainties, an introduction to the Physics Lab developed at LUMS and techniques for accurate and meaningful plotting of experimental data. Of course, we also cover the idea of mathematical models to represent data. Details can be viewed in the video links presented below.
Preparatory documents prepared by the Physlab
- Presentation: Overview of the physics lab
- Presentation: Measurement and uncertainties
- Presentation: Graphing and presentation of scientific data
- Monograph on uncertainties in the physics laboratory
- Monograph on data processing with Matlab
- How to write the laboratory notebook by H.M. Kanare. Students are required to read Chapters 5 and 6.
- Guidelines for safety in the physics laboratory
- An expository session on uncertainties: video and accompanying document
- Sample problems on uncertainties with solutions
- Formula sheet on uncertainties
- Sample marking sheet
- Software code (in Matlab) for plotting error bars on graphs
Lab Schedule (Summer 2017)
- Summer Lab Schedule (Last updated: 3/7/2017)