Physics Laboratory (FYS210)

The course gives an introduction to the field of experimental measurements.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


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Semester tution start


Number of semesters


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


The course discusses use of basic statistical analysis, random and systematic measurement uncertainty, theory of error propagation, dimensional analysis, presentation of measurement data, research ethics. The students get training in report writing.

Learning outcome

After having completed this course the student should be able to:

  • Realise that different types of uncertainties are to be associated with experimental measurements.
  • Conduct standard procedures for propagation of errors.
  • Apply statistical methods for analysing and presenting experimental data.
  • Exercise basic experimental skills with focus on accuracy.
  • Write a technical report.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

FYS100 Mechanics, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1


Written exam and laboratory report

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 3/5 4 Hours Letter grades
Report 2/5 Letter grades

All parts must be passed in order to obtain a final grade in the course.Lab report: If a student fails or want to improve the grade, she/he has to do the lab report again the following year.Exam is with pen and paper.

Coursework requirements

Compulsory hand-ins
In total 8 compulsory laboratory assigments are to be carried out. The seven must be approved before access to the exam is given. The eighth assignment accounts for 40% of the total grade. The schedule for the assignments will be published on Canvas when the semester starts.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Olena Zavorotynska

Course teacher:

Ioana Andreea Nes

Method of work

From six to two hours of lectures per week and 8 compulsory laboratory-assignments. The students must have the first 7 laboratory reports approved to be allowed to take the last 8th examlab. The last assignment is evaluated and counts 40% of the final grade. Voluntary exercises.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Physics Laboratory (BIT170_1) 5

Open for

Owing to limited capacity only students assigned to the bachelor-program of Physics and Mathematics have access. A limited number of students from other programmes may be given access by application only.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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