Academic year
2019/2020 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
CT0083 (AF:295179 AR:166020)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Class 1
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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This course is the lab. part of the Physics II course, one of the basic training activities of the degree course in Environmental Sciences.
Educational objectives of the course are: 1) to favor and stimulate the use of a logical and deductive reasoning in the resolution of simple experimental problems (an approach of fundamental importance to face any problem in the scientific field); 2) developing the ability to expose scientific concepts and reasoning in a formal way, by writing; 3) to develop dexterity, familiarity and autonomy in dealing with simple experimental problems, either alone or in small work groups; 4) to favor an appropriate experimental approach to scientific research and the use of measuring instruments; 5) to know how to treat and interpret the collected experimental data, as well as to propose them through a written report drawn up in a contextual scientific language.
1. Knowledge and understanding
Knowing the main features of the process of acquisition and processing of experimental data.

2. Applying knowledge and understanding
Knowing how to create a collection of experimental data (alone and in group) and a consequent elaboration that is consistent in the final results, to be prepared by writing a scientific report.

3. Making judgements
Being able to evaluate the logical consistency of the results to which the application of the learned physical laws is applied, in the case of experimental data.
Knowing how to recognize errors through a critical analysis of the applied method.

4. Communication
Knowing how to communicate the knowledge learned and the result of its application using appropriate terminology, in written form.
Knowing how to interact with the teacher and with the classmates in a respectful and constructive way, especially during the experimental work carried out in a group.

5. Lifelong learning skills
Knowing how to take notes, selecting and collecting information according to their importance and priority.
Being able to be sufficiently autonomous in the collection of experimental data.
To have reached the educational objectives of MATHEMATICS AND EXERCISES - PART 1, possibly (but not necessarily) having passed the examination of this course. In particular, the students should be able to master the concepts and methods related to differential and integral calculus, as well as possessing the necessary knowledge of trigonometry.
To have reached the educational objectives of PHYSICS 1 AND LABORATORY, possibly (but not necessarily) having passed the examination of this course.
Recalls and insights of the concepts learned in the course of PHYSICS 1 AND LABORATORY: discrepancy, significant discrepancy, data rejection, linear correlation coefficient (linear regression).

Characteristics of galvanometers and analog multimeters. Influence of (not ideal) measuring instruments in the voltmeter-ammeter method. Multifunctional box for electrical experimental measurements.
One laboratory experiment (to familiarize with some electrical instrumentation and apply the learned concepts of Theory of Errors): determination of an unknown resistance with direct measurement and voltmeter-ammeter method.
Given the generality of the basics of error theory, every university text containing the same is acceptable. However, the following text is recommended: J. R. TAYLOR: Introduzione all'analisi degli errori. Lo studio delle incertezze nelle misure fisiche. Zanichelli, Bologna.
Additional reading:
M. LORETI: Teoria degli Errori e Fondamenti di Statistica, Edizioni Decibel-Zanichelli 1998 (liberamente e legalmente disponibile su Internet al sito: )
The laboratory test is subject to mandatory participation in laboratory experience. It consists in the drafting of a scientific report concerning the experimental measurements made in the laboratory, which must report the description of the experimental approach adopted, the processing of the collected data, the final result (including uncertainty) of the measured physical quantity. In this way one evaluates the students' ability to deal with experimental and practical problems, to correctly process a set of experimental data, to report his/her work in writing in a formal manner. The report is evaluated with a grade between -3 and +3, which will be added to the final grade of the theory course part (PHYSICS II). The report must be handed in within four months from the last laboratory lecture.
Teaching is organized in:
a) lectures;
b) one laboratory experience in which the students, working in groups of 3 people, carry out the collection of experimental data and subsequent processing. For the laboratory experience there is a compulsory attendance, under penalty of the lack of possibility to pass the relative part of the exam.

In the "moodle" platform of the University teaching material (slides shown in the classroom) can be found.
Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion

Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments:
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). In the case of disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 11/02/2020