Most Free Choice experiments are one weight [1 wt], which means that we expect that you can complete the  the experiment within one three-hour session. The data-taking can certainly be completed within this time, but you may have to spend time outside the lab hours completing the data analysis and final conclusions, etc.  Two weight experiments require two three-hour sessions. A two weight experiment counts as two one weight experiments.

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION of all available Free Choice Experiments is available..

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Experiments which are highlighted are on the second floor and others are on the first floor.

List of Experiments - Book an Experiment


Mechanics and Mechanical Systems



Properties of Matter



Wave Phenomena



Electric & Electronic Circuits



Atomic and Nuclear Physics



Fundamental Constants


Conservation of Angular Momentum [1 wt]

Free Fall [1 wt]

The Gyroscope [1 wt]

Mechanical Equivalent of Heat [1 wt]

Mechanical Oscillations - Resonance and Ringing in a Tuning Fork [1 wt]

Moment of Inertia [1 wt]

Oscillations of a Sphere on a Concave Surface [1 wt]

The Torsion Pendulum [1 wt]

The Wilberforce Pendulum [1 wt]

Similarity [2 wt]

Surface Tension [1 wt]

Vapour Pressure of Water [1 wt]

Viscosity of Water by Capillary Flow [1 wt]

The Acoustic Interferometer [1 wt]

Electron Diffraction [1 wt]

Interference & Diffraction (Using a Laser) [1 wt]

Lens Optics [1 wt]

Microwave Optics [1-2 wt]

Optical Activity [1-2 wt]

Optical Fibers [1 wt]

Physics of Sound [1-2 wt]

Polarization of Light [1-2 wt]

The Speed of Sound in a Solid [1 wt]

Standing Waves and Acoustic Resonance [1 wt]

Velocity of Sound in a Pure Gas [1 wt]

Waves - Steady or Pulsed, Standing or Travelling [1 wt]

Current Balance [2 wt]

Digital Electronics parts I&II [1-2 wt]

The Electrocardiogram [1 wt]

Faraday's Law and the AC Generator [1 wt]

Hall Effect in Thin Films [2 wt]

Thermistors and Diodes [1 wt]

Radioactivity in the Air [2 wt]

Scattering [1-2 wt]

Spectra [1 wt]

X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Absorption in Matter [1 wt]

The Cavendish Experiment [2 wt]

e/m for an Electron [1 wt]

Millikan Oil Drop [2 wt]

The Speed of Light [2 wt]