## Lab skills

How to work efficiently in the lab

### Notebook Skills

Taking lab notes is an essential part of experimentation and they are assessed as part of your lab work

### Constants and SI units

Units of measurement you need to know

### Dimensional Analysis

Most physical quantities can be expressed in terms of five basic dimensions

### Circuits

Many of the labs you take part in this year will require basic understanding of electrical circuits and their components

## Data Analysis

Being able to extract the useful infromation from a set of data is a vital skill in the labs module.  Here you will find guides and other helpful information.

• ### Basic Data Analysis

In many undergraduate experiments, you will be attempting to measure a value to be compared with the literature.
• ### Errors

When we make a measurement, we can never be sure that it is 100% "correct"
• ### Linearising Data

In general it is best for graphs to show a linear relationship

### Basic Data Analysis

In many undergraduate experiments, you will be attempting to measure a value to be compared with the literature.

### Errors

When we make a measurement, we can never be sure that it is 100% "correct"

### Linearising Data

In general it is best for graphs to show a linear relationship

• ### Histograms

Histograms are useful tools for dealing with data that is measured on an interval scale
• ### Gaussian Distributions

If we take repeated measurements of the same value, we will obtain a distribution of measurements
• ### Histograms

The Poisson distribution is a special case of the binomial distribution that it models discrete events

### Histograms

Histograms are useful tools for dealing with data that is measured on an interval scale

### Gaussian Distributions

If we take repeated measurements of the same value, we will obtain a distribution of measurements

### Poisson Distribution

The Poisson distribution is a special case of the binomial distribution that it models discrete events