After completing this course, the student can:|
a. apply research methodology to a physical experiment, including the keeping of a lab journal.
b. use software to simulate and optimize a solution for a mechanical motion problem.
In the experiments issues are introduced such as formulating a hypothesis, translate a problem into measurable quantities, carefully planning an experiment, etc. In conducting the experiments, a selection of technical methods and experimental skills are learned. In many of the experiments the computer is used for data acquisition, processing and/or analysis. By structured documentation of the work in a lab journal, a systematic approach towards experimental research is developed. Other topics encountered are error analysis and programming skills using Matlab software.