Course detail

Physical Laboratory I

FSI-TR1Acad. year: 2018/2019

The course familiarises students with the basics of physical measurements. The course deals with the following topics: comparison of calculated and measured data, numerical integration of the motion equation, model definition, numeric and graphic solution. Individual work of students with laboratory guide and experimental work are preferred.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will improve their individual (technical) thinking, experimental skills and ability to express their ideas orally as well as in written form.


Students are expected to have prior basic experimental experience (measurement of basic physical quantities) and mathematical skills necessary for data processing (solving equations, basics of differential calculus).


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Halliday – Resnick – Walker: Fyzika. 2. přepracované vydání, VUTIUM Brno, 2013
KUČÍRKOVÁ, A. - NAVRÁTIL, K.: Fyzikální měření I
BROŽ, J. a kol.: Základy fyzikálního měření

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

During the course, students can get points for their homeworks and for reports from experimental measurements. The classification will be based on final points rating. To get the accreditation, the rating better than 50% is necessary.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to teach the students how to propose and perform simple experiments,
how to process the obtained data and how to express and discuss their results.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance is compulsory. Missed lessons and related points may be compensated for via make-up tasks by the agreement with the teacher.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3A-P Bachelor's

    branch B-FIN , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit


labs and studios

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Measurement, acuracy and precision: Introduction to data acquisition
Speed of sound: Resonance method
Speed of sound: Measuring of time and length - direct method
Speed of sound: Comparing the both methods; discussion
Toughness of a spring (elongated by its own weight)
Speed of a pulse in a spring
Speed of sound and of a pulse in a spring - derivation from Newton's equation of motion
Solid body gliding on a moving surface - study of a friction
Rotating disc on moving surface - more complicated description of motion
Body on a rubber rope: Analytic solution of inharmonious motion
Body on a rubber rope: Numerical solution of equation of motion
Pendulum with rubber string (Equation of motion in 2D)
Coupled pendulums (with an elastic link)