Physics for Scientists and Engineers LAB I

Universitat Politècnica de València

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physics for Scientists and Engineers LAB I

  • Host University

    Universitat Politècnica de València

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    The purpose of the physics laboratory is to allow students to witness the concepts and physical laws that are introduced in lectures. You will also be exposed to elementary laboratory techniques. Experiments will usually be performed in groups, and each group will turn in a team lab report.


    The purpose of the course is to provide the practical knowledge necessary for a well-rounded understanding of the physical world. This laboratory experience partially satisfies the Silver Core Objective CO4: Physical & Natural Phenomena. Students that successfully complete this course should be able to:

    i. The student will demonstrate problem solving skills in various types of problems in physics using quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and appropriate mathematical techniques.

    ii. The student will demonstrate the ability of use scientific methods to understand and explain concepts in physics.

    iii. The student will be able to connect physics concepts and problems to their world experience.

    iv. The student will demonstrate skills in collection and interpretation of data from laboratory experiments

    v. Properly use and read: scales, calipers, digital voltmeters, micrometer and balances. vi. Develop proper habits that minimize uncertainty in physical measurements.

    vii. Set up and solve problems related to the propagation of errors and uncertainties.

    viii. Understand and properly use significant figures.

    ix. Plot and fit experimental data to a given mathematical model.

    x. Proficiency in troubleshooting, problem-solving and interpreting the results of physical measurements.

    xi. Develop effective written and verbal communications skills to ensure accurate transfer of technical information.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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