We can say that physics is the science of the measure. Unfortunately, this means we have to learn the error analysis treatment of our data. You can download all the documents from our campus virtual at University of Alicante (in Spanish or Catalan/Valencian). Nevertheless, it could be interesting to read the Physics Laboratory Tutorial from the Columbia University as well.
We did video laboratory experiments in physics (in Spanish) you can watch by this link.
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The best way to learn physics is practise, practise, and practise. You need to check whether you understood all the concepts or not, therefore, try to think logically and correlate your questions with real life situations. I saw in this web-page some ideas for learning physics and other technical courses. In summary, these are some points to take it into account:
- Never miss a class. Ever. Although you do not believe it, you can learn physics with lectures.
- Never fail to do every problem of every assignment.
- If you are required to hand in problem solutions, do the problem twice. The first version should go in your own notebook, along with all the failed attempts. The second should be a copy to hand in.
- Always prepare for each class. That means have a look at what is coming up in the text or notes after you have done the assignments. Check the guide of the subject.
- Write out your work for every problem clearly. Show every step, even if your phone mobile has 1 Gb of memory.
- Do not ever try to erase your mistakes, just cross out with a single line.
- Always draw a picture for each problem and label it clearly.
- To study for tests, do problems. Write down any formulas each time you use them and you will know them by heart without any further effort.
- Always ask for help, but make sure that you have done your part before you go to the teacher. This means that you must work out the offending problem neatly up to the point where you lose the trail.
- All that really ever works is to review and to practise solving problems.
- Learn to draw a good graph, properly labelled and scaled.
- Always do your own work, especially in laboratory settings. That means preparing your own report on your own, even if the data was collected by someone else.
- Always prepare for the laboratory: know what you are going to do and how you are going to do it.
- Last but not least, it is important in your career to demonstrate your integrity as a student and as a person. A reputation for honesty will serve you far better than any course grade. It is incredible, isn’t?!!!!
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