Course title Advanced Physics Laboratory
Code F118
Status Laboratory, elective course
Level Advanced course
Year 1. Semester 2.
Lecturer Branko Vuković

Igor Miklavčić, lecturer

Course objective Course objective are:

–          expand fundamental knowledge and concepts in modern physics which students gain at undergraduate study

–          connect each experiment with its history facts and contents

–          conduct and organize experiments, 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 modern physics.
  2. Explain experiments in modern physics.
  3. Connect each physical discovery with its history contents.
  4. Use computer in interpreting experiments results, drawing graph and statistics.
  5. Organize one of the laboratory experiments.
  6. Explain how ionising radiation effect on humans, its advantages and drawbacks.
  7. 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
Laboratory attendance 1 1,2,


– laboratory attendance Evidence list 0 10
Prefatory frontal lectures


1 3


– investigation about current experiment

– writing text of experiment

– making presentation on computer

-oral presentation in front of peers

Oral, after the presentation


0 25
Conduct laboratory experiments 1 1,2,


– organising laboratory experiment Performance 0 25
Written laboratory report about laboratory experiments 1 4, – working on computer

– data evaluation

– writing report

Written reports are evaluated 0 20
Final exam 1 2, 6 – preparation for written examination Written     exam 0 20
Total 5       0 100
Gained competencies Skills of conducting and organising experiments in advanced physics, processing of data, physical interpretation of experimental data and use of computer and different software in analyzing data and writing report.
Content (Course curriculum) Franck – Hertz experiment, Michelson interferometer, photoelectric effect, EKG, ultrasound, Geiger-Müller counter, Rutherford dispersion, detection of alpha, beta and gamma radiation and their properties, alpha spectrum of Americium, model of radioactive device to measure thickness, Radon-222 concentration measurements, determination of Thoron half life.
Recommended reading 1. K. Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics, J. Wiley (1988.)

2. University Laboratory Experiments-Physics, (Phywe Systeme GMBH,Goettingen, 2003.),

3. Class materials publish on:

Additional reading 1. I. Supek, M. Furić, Počela fizike, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1994.
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