COURSE GOALS: Main goal of this course is to get students familiarized with the fundamental laws and principles of sensors design, with the special emphasis on applications to their future education and work in school. It is expected that they will obtain knowledge of different methods of data acquisition, basic characteristics of sensors, basic physical principles underlying the operation of the sensors (optical, mechanical, electronic, and other principles) as well as basic types of sensors (motion, heat, light, etc.).In addition to this, students will master the applications of computer software "Tracker" and "Audacity" which can be used in the experiments that they will be performing in their future teaching jobs.
LEARNING OUTCOMES AT THE LEVEL OF THE PROGRAMME:
1. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
1.2. demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the most important physics theories (logical and mathematical structure, experimental support, described physical phenomena)
1.3. demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of basic concepts in techniques
1.4. demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of basic concepts in information and communication technology
1.5. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic experimental methods, instruments and methods of experimental data processing in physics
1.6. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of new insights into contemporary physics, informatics and technology teaching methods and strategies
2. APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
2.1. identify and describe important aspects of a particular physical phenomenon or problem.
2.3. recognize and follow the logic of arguments, evaluate the adequacy of arguments and construct well supported arguments.
2.4. use mathematical methods to solve standard physics problems
2.5. prepare and perform classroom physics experiments and interpret the results of observation
2.6. use information and communication technology efficiently (to foster active enquiry, collaboration and interaction in the classroom).
2.7. prepare and perform classroom practicals (practical work).
2.8. create a learning environment that encourages active engagement in learning and promotes continuing development of pupils' skills and knowledge.
2.10. plan and design efficient and appropriate assessment strategies and methods to evaluate and ensure the continuous development of pupils
3. MAKING JUDGMENTS
3.1. develop a critical scientific attitude towards research in general, and in particular by learning to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data
3.4. accept responsibilities in planning and managing teaching duties.
4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS
4.1. communicate effectively with pupils and colleagues
4.2. present complex ideas clearly and concisely
5. LEARNING SKILLS
5.1. search for and use professional literature as well as any other sources of relevant information;
LEARNING OUTCOMES SPECIFIC FOR THE COURSE:
After finishing the course, students should be able to:
1. Name and describe different means of experimental data collection.
2. Describe basic characteristics of the sensors and physical principles of their operation.
3. Explain basic components of the sensors.
4. Qualitatively describe following types of sensors: motion, light, heat and electric; as well as quantitatively name basic examples.
5. Describe principles of the operation of the computer program "Tracker" and be able to apply it to basic physical problems in mechanics and spectroscopy, and to quantitatively analyze the data.
6. Describe principles of the operation of the computer program "Audacity" and be able to apply it to basic physical problems in classical physics (mechanics and electromagnetism), and to quantitatively analyze the data.
7. Describe principles of the operation of the computer program "Soundscope oscilloscope" and be able to apply it to basic physical problems in classical physics (acoustics, electrostatics and electrodynamics), and to quantitatively analyze the data.
Course topics by the week (first line describes topics covered during the lectures, and second line describes practical exercises performed during laboratory exercises):
1. Different means of data acquisition.
Introduction to computer software "Tracker".
2. Characteristics of the sensors.
Laboratory exercise "Free fall", analysis by "Tracker".
3. Physical principles of the sensors.
Laboratory exercise "Harmonic motion", analysis by "Tracker".
4. Optical components of the sensors.
Laboratory exercise "Motion on the slope", analysis by "Tracker".
5. Interface electronic circuits.
Laboratory exercise "Circular motion", analysis by "Tracker".
6. Occupancy and motion detectors. Position, displacement, velocity and acceleration detectors.
Laboratory exercise "Determination of the spectra of some noble gasses", analysis by "Tracker".
7. Force, strains and tactile sensors.
Introduction to computer software "Audacity".
8. Pressure sensors.
Laboratory exercise "Horizontal and vertical projectile motion", analysis by "Audacity".
9. Flow sensors
Laboratory exercise "Beats and Doppler effect", analysis by "Audacity".
10. Acoustic sensors.
Laboratory exercise "silence, sound and different frequencies", analysis by "Audacity".
11. Humidity and moisture sensors.
Laboratory exercise "Magnetic induction", analysis by "Audacity".
12. Light detectors.
Introduction to computer software "Soundscope oscilloscope".
13. Temperature sensors.
Laboratory exercise "What is sound", analysis by "Soundscope oscilloscope".
14. Radiation and chemical sensors.
Laboratory exercise "Oscillatory circuits", analysis by "Soundscope oscilloscope".
15. Repetition and systematization.
REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:
Students are obliged to attend at least 80% of the lectures and laboratory exercises. They are expected to perform at least 10 laboratory exercises, and to prepare two seminars (reports) from two of the performed exercises (one concerning the software "Tracker" and the other one concerning "Audacity" or "Soundscope oscilloscope"). Additionally, the students should hold one or two (depending on how large a group of the students is) oral seminars about topics covered in the lectures.
GRADING AND ASSESSING THE WORK OF STUDENTS:
Final grade is determined on the basis of the students, intercession during the lectures and laboratory exercises, two reports from the laboratory exercises and held seminars.