Course title Demonstration Experiments Laboratory I
Code F117
Status Laboratory
Level Basic course
Year 1. Semester 1.
Lecturer Vanja Radolić, PhD, Associate Professor

Igor Miklavčić, lecturer

Course objective Course objective are:

–          connect fundamental knowledge and concepts of general physics (mechanics, heat and thermodynamics) which students gain at undergraduate study  with its realizations in physics class at primary and secondary schools

–          make personal database of physics experiments for future job as teacher of physics

–          conduct and organize experiments in team, with the over viewing of the lecturer

Prerequisites Competences acquired in General Physics 1-4, Laboratory exercises in physics A, B.
Learning outcomes: After successfully completed course, student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate experiments in general physics (mechanics, heat and thermodynamics).
  2. Prepare new experiments which demonstrate physical phenomenon of general physics (mechanics, heat and thermodynamics).
  3. Thorough explain, using theoretical knowledge, phenomena and processes which are occurred in demonstrated experiments.
  4. Use different devices in laboratory measures and computer in interpreting experimental results and statistics.
  5. Make personal database of more than 80 physics experiments for future job as teacher of physics in primary and secondary school and make report about conducted experiments.
  6. Estimate and evaluate sources of mistakes and errors in the experiments.
  7. Make personal database of more than 350 physical arithmetical problems that occurs in secondary school education.
  8. Adopt manners according to safety rules in laboratory.
Correlation of learning outcomes, teaching methods and evaluation
Teaching activity ECTS Learning outcome Students activity Methods of evaluation Points
min Max
Preparation for laboratory 0,25 2 – preparation at home Evidence list 0 50
Laboratory attendance 0,25 1,


– laboratory attendance Evidence list 0 50
Conduct laboratory experiments 1 1,2,



– organising laboratory experiment Performance 0 100


Written laboratory report about laboratory experiments 1 3,





– working on computer

– data evaluation

– writing report

Written reports are evaluated 0 400
Solving physical arithmetical problems 0,5 7 – solving physical arithmetical problems at home Evidence list 60% 100%
Evaluation through 4 colloquiums




Final exam

2 3,


– preparation for colloquiums

– review a lesions



– final exam

Written  exam evaluation



Written  exam, practical and oral evaluation

















Total 5       0% 100%
Consultations After laboratory for 1 hour, room 68 on Department of Physics.
Gained competencies Students gained knowledge and skills of assembling, conducting and organizing experiments in general physics (mechanics, heat and thermodynamics) for their future job as teacher of physics in primary and secondary school or for laboratory work for their future pupils.
Content (Course curriculum) Cycle 1:

  • Determination of mass by weighing
  • Length measurement
  • Determination of density of solids and liquids
  • Study of uniform and uniformly accelerated motion in one direction
  • Study of non-uniform motion
  • Checking the fundamental law of motion
  • Friction
  • Disassembly of force into components

Cycle2 :

  • Study of centripetal and centrifugal force
  • Checking the law of conservation of mechanical energy
  • Checking the I. law of thermodynamics
  • Checking Boyle-Mariotte’s law
  • Determination of thermal pressure coefficient of gas
  • Determination of specific heat capacity of solids and liquids
  • Determination of specific heat of ice melting
Recommended reading 1. Vernić-Mikuličić, Vježbe iz fizike, Školska knjiga, Zagreb 1990.

2. Class materials publish on:

3. R. Jurdana-Šepić i B. Milotić, Metodički pokusi iz fizike, Filozofski fakultet, Rijeka 2002

4. Mikuličić-Varićak-Vernić, Zbirka zadataka za I. do IV. razred gimnazije, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1997.

Additional reading 1 Comprehensive school physics textbooks

2. Internet portal E-school of physics

Instructional methods Physic laboratory

– mandatory, but student can be absent at maximum of two laboratory terms which is obligate to complete it in additional terms

– manners according to safety rules in laboratory which must be present to them on the first class and which must be ratify by their signature

– work in pairs in laboratory is experience learning through team work

– experiments are distributed in 10 exercises, after which is necessary to make report and deliver it before next term of laboratory work. Each late deliver, without future notice and proven reason, is consequence on the number of total points

– some physical arithmetical problems, which are solving at home, are included for each term of laboratory work

Exam formats Taking an examination can be done in one of two ways:

a) Regularly way through laboratory attendance, working, delivering reports and solved physical arithmetical problems, and 4 colloquiums (2 entrance and 2 exit) if they achieved more than 50% of total points. Final grade is forming with criteria:

p = 0,3*pclass + 0,7*pcolloquiums

b) Final exam if they do not achieved minimum of 50%, student have possibility to take final exam thought written, practical and oral evaluation, with condition that all reports have been evaluated. Also students which are not satisfied with final grade from regular way can take final exam. Final grade is forming with criteria:

Written part of  exam

Written exam is compiled of 10 theoretical, 5 conceptual and 5 physical arithmetical problems, with maximum of 100 points (each problem is gained 5 points). It is necessary to gain 25 points from theoretical and 25 points from conceptual and physical arithmetical problems (together). Time for solving written part is 180 minutes.

Practical part of  exam

Practical part of exam comes after written part, at which 2 experiments are conducting (maximum of 100 points) where are evaluated:

– concept (sketch, supplies, equations) -> 20 points

– conducting an experiment (putting together, safety,…) –> 40 points

evaluation of experimental data (calculation, mistakes, tables, graphs) -> 40 points

Time for solving practical part is 120 minutes.

Oral part of  exam

On oral part of exam theoretical understanding of practical part (definitions, physical and derivation of those laws and physical interpretation of the results. Maximum of 100 points.

Final grade is forming with criteria, according of the success on written, practical and oral evaluation:

p = 0.3*pclass + 0.3*pwritten + 0.3*ppractical + 0,1*poral

Criterion of grades:

• 50,0≤p<63% – poor (2)

• 63,0≤p<76% – good (3)

• 76≤p<88% – very good (4)

• 88,0≤p≤100% – excelent (5)

Language Croatian.
Quality control and successfulness follow up A questionnaire (anonymous student questionnaire) will be offered to students at the end of the semester with a goal of pointing out the weak spots in the conception and delivery of the course.

Statistics about grades on the course.

Content of report:

  1. Name of excersise (sub excercise)
  2. Experimantal tasks
  3. Literature
  4. Used devices and acesories
  5. Short theory
  6. Sketch or picture
  7. Experimental procedure
  8. Results
  9. Conclusion
  10. Comment

Example of report

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