


Politecnico di Torino  
Academic Year 2009/10  
01LQQDR, 01LQQAX, 01LQQJA Multidisciplinary project I 

1st degree and Bachelorlevel of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering  Vercelli 1st degree and Bachelorlevel of the Bologna process in Civil Engineering  Vercelli 1st degree and Bachelorlevel of the Bologna process in Electronic And Computer Engineering  Vercelli 





Objectives of the course
The purpose of this laboratory course is to perform handson experiments in fundamentals physics in order to increase knowledge and understanding of the principles and methods involved in physical quantity measurements, to analyse measured data, to compare them to theory, and to communicate the results in written and oral form. In addition, this laboratory provides a practical foundation for some arguments covered in mechanics, electromagnetism and probability and statistics, as well as encouraging collaborative learning among students. The experiments are designed to enhance traditional laboratory skills, and to reinforce topics covered in both lectures and readings.

Expected skills
The supplied methodologies will allow the student to deal with problems of physical quantity measurements by developing methodologies to analyse data and to make correct estimations of the expected values and errors in the measured physical quantities. In addition a knowledge of the equipments that are used in measuring will be acquired.

Prerequisites
It is necessary to know and to be able to apply base mathematics as derivatives, differential and integral calculus.

Syllabus
Metrology: Fundamental quantity and System of Units ' mean, theoretical and empirical variance and standard deviation for continuous and discrete physics quantity ' histograms ' normal distribution ' chisquare distribution and method ' covariance ' error propagation ' measurements, estimations of precision and reliability of the results ' linear regression and least squares estimates ' description of the laboratory experiments.

Laboratories and/or exercises
There will be a three week lectures to present theory, describe the experiments, and discuss results. Experiments are performed in groups of 34 students spending one morning or afternoon in the lab under supervision of the TA. One laboratory reports are due. The reports are in the format of a Physical Report. Data could be analysed taking into account error propagation and can be shared as the reports.

Bibliography
Kimothi Shri Krishna The uncertainty of measurement: Physical and chemical metrology impact and analysis.
ASQ Quality Press, Milwaukee (USA) Douglas C. Montgomery, George C. Runger: Applied Statistic and Probability for Engineers Editor: John Wiley & Sons Inc. Gatti Paolo: Probability theory and mathematical statistics for engineers. Editor: Spon Press, London 
Revisions / Exam
The exam consists of the report estimation, TA evaluation and oral presentation followed by some questions. Final grades will be determined according to the following weighting scheme:
70% Laboratory writeups 15% Oral Final 15% TA Evaluation 
