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Physics Laboratory II

Code: FIS2004     Acronym: FIS2004     Level: 200

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Physics and Astronomy
Course/CS Responsible: First Degree in Physics

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
L:B 0 study plan from 2016/17 3 - 6 48 162
L:CC 0 study plan from 2021/22 2 - 6 48 162
L:EF 67 study plan from 2021/22 2 - 6 48 162
L:F 50 study plan from 2017/18 2 - 6 48 162
L:G 0 study plan from 2017/18 2 - 6 48 162
L:M 0 Plano de estudos Oficial a partir do ano letivo 2021/22 2 - 6 48 162
L:Q 3 study plan from 2016/17 3 - 6 48 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Helder Manuel Paiva Rebelo Cerejo Crespo

Teaching language



Laboratory Practice in Physics and Electronics.

Familizarization of students with aspects of electronics and instrumentation needed to carry out experimental work, through the execution of a set of representative works in Physics and Electronics, including analysis of experimental data, calculation of errors, graphical representation  and critical evaluation of the obtained results;

Promotion of the search of information relevant to the experimental work;

Preparation and writing of reports of experimental activities;
Development of group work skills.

Learning outcomes and competences

Capabilities to carry out experimental work. Knowledge of the principles of operation and use of scientific instruments. Capacity of modeling and analysis of experimental results. Preparation and writing of reports of experimental activities.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Know how to register in a logbook the relevant aspects of an experiment, as previously learned in an introdutory discipline like Laboratório de Física 1 (or an equivalent discipline).


Possible Laboratory assignments:
Series A
1. Equivalent circuits: Thévenin and Norton
2. Diode circuits
3. RLC filter
4. Capacitively coupled LC circuits
5. Monostable and Multivibrator circuits
6. OPAMP: Inverting, non-inverting and differentiating configurations
7. I-V characteristics of a npn transistor
8. AC amplifier with a transistor

Series B
1. Acoustic resonances in pipes
2. Thermal radiation
3. Signal propagation in a coaxial cable
4. Magnetic moment in circular coils
5. Determination of the elastic modulus of a material by the method of the vibrations of a cantilevered bar and the torsion pendulum
6. Determination of the coefficient of viscosity using Poiseuille's law
7. Magnetic induction
8. Study of the magnetic field created by a coil using a synchronous detection technique
9. measurement of an inductance and a mutual indutance with the Anderson bridge

Mandatory literature

Vários; Apontamentos da disciplina de Laboratórios de Física II

Teaching methods and learning activities

Guidance and monitoring of the experimental work performed by the students. Weekly check and assment of the preparation of the work and analysis of obtained results.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 15,00
Teste 40,00
Trabalho escrito 15,00
Trabalho laboratorial 30,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 114,00
Frequência das aulas 0,00
Trabalho laboratorial 48,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

To obtain access to the evaluation, the student must fulfil the following requirements:
Participate in, at least, 3/4 of the scheduled classes.
Prepare two written reports, one for each series.
Present a logbook with, at least, 3/4 of the practical assignments for each series completed.
Present a written report of a work from series A and a work from series B (both to be indicated by the instructor).

Calculation formula of final grade

Continuous assessment (45%), comprizing:
1 - Assessment of the sudent's performance and respective evolution during classes, 15%;
2 - Evaluation of the last four experiments  of each series (registered data and respective analysis in the logbook), 30%.

Specific evaluation of
1 - one report on an experiment from each series, chosen from the last 6 performed in the laboratory, 15%
2 - Individual Laboratory assessment of one performed, registered and analyzed experiment, drawn from the experiments shedule  in both laboratories (A and B), with the contribution of 40%.

To obtain approval, must have a rating higher than 8.0 in 20 in continous assassment and in specific evaluation.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

As all components for assessment require the completion of laboratory work, it is recommended that all students in this situation contact the lecturer to enable the realization of the practical component in a more flexible schedule according to staff availability.

Classification improvement

Given the laboratorial nature of the Course, in order to improve an obtained final grade only the component corresponding to the "Individual Laboratory experiment plus Questions", will be considered, in "Época de Recurso" of the same academic year.

The other evaluation components may be subject to improvement only in the following academic year, in accordance with subparagraph b of paragraph 2 of Article 12 of the "Rules of evaluation of student achievement" of FCUP, through a new attendance to the Course. The corresponding registration is performed in the beggining of the academic year and accounted for in the maximum number of credits in which the student can enroll.

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