Single-Course Danish 5 ECTS

Experimental Methods and Instruments in Physics

Overall Course Objectives

In this course you will learn to measure physical quantities as well as to design experiments in physics. The goal of the course is not to demonstrate specific physical laws, but rather to provide you with experimental and engineering skills to build an experimental setup yourself and design an experiment that can illuminate a physical law, where certain physical quantities are varied while others are measured. In the course, you will primarily use electrical and optical experimental methods.

Learning Objectives

  • Know and comply with safety regulations for working in the laboratory.
  • Explain specifications of equipment used and ensure that equipment is used appropriately without being damaged
  • Use methods for digital data acquisition, and ensure that data is stored in accordance with DTU’s regulations.
  • Plan an experiment and build an experimental setup for carrying out the experiment, including choosing methods to control certain physical quantities and methods to measure the derivative effects on other physical quantities.
  • Use instrument specifications and statistical methods to assess measurement capability and uncertainties.
  • Identify and eliminate noise sources.
  • Use sensors and transducers for precise control of physical quantities using feedback methods.
  • Use both DC and AC measurement methods, and be able to record and analyze measurement data in both the time and frequency domain.
  • Able to present raw data and analyzed data in appropriate and “aesthetic” graphs and tables with indications of uncertainties.
  • Give a written account of the experimental methods used, including a list of the equipment used, so that the experiment can be repeated by peers
  • Document the experimental setup with sketches and pictures.
  • Summarize the process in a short and concise report, where the experiment and results are presented in an “aesthetic” way.

Course Content

You will be introduced to methods, measurement principles and equipment through lectures, but will then spend most of the time under with supervision designing and building an experimental setup where electrical or optical measurements will be included. Before the experimental work, you must get together with 2-3 fellow students and form a group. You and your group must then use your setup to plan and carry out an experiment. You must use the last part of the course to analyze your data and document your experiment in a short and concise report, which will form the basis for the assessment.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Lectures and lab exercises


Limited number of seats

Minimum: 16, Maximum: 64.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 10870
Course type Bachelor
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Fri 13-17

7.500,00 DKK

Please note that this course has participants limitation. Read more