An Introduction to the Analysis and Presentation of Data
The ability to summarise data, compare models and apply computer-based analysis tools are vital skills necessary for studying and working in the physical sciences. This textbook supports undergraduate students as they develop and enhance these ski...
'As an instructor in electrical engineering and a researcher in photonic engineering, I am quite confident to say that this book exceptionally explains the methods of experimentation and their presentation in terms of an article, poster, etc ... This book is ideal for first-year undergraduates and postgraduate research students for making the perfect lab reports. Furthermore, this book can be used as a reference and textbook by faculty and the lab instructors who want to instil the method of experimentation, analysis and presentation of the results into the students ... the book will address the needs of all the readers and students from various disciplines ... the current edition of the book is amply illustrated, and deserves to be considered as a textbook for first-year undergraduate students in physics and engineering disciplines, and a reference book for early career researchers and laboratory instructors.' Muhammad Mahmood Ali, Contemporary Physics
'... a very valuable book for physical science and engineering undergraduates, introducing them to the experimental processes of data gathering and analysis, then turning what was found into formal oral or written presentations ... a great resource for academics teaching ... significant value to science teachers ...' Australian Physics
Les Kirkup is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology Sydney, and Honorary Professor in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. He has devised laboratory programmes and taught extensively in undergraduate laboratories. He has been recognised for his work supporting student learning in laboratories with two national fellowships, and the Australian Institute of Physics Education Medal.
Preface to the second edition; Preface to the first edition; 1. Introduction to experimentation; 2. Characteristics of experimental data; 3. Graphical presentation of data; 4. Dealing with uncertainties; 5. Statistical approach to variability in measurements; 6. Fitting a line to x-y data using the method of least squares; 7. Report writing and presentations; 8. Using Excel to present and analyse data; 9. Computer-aided data capture; Appendix 1; Appendix 2; Solutions to exercises and problems; Further reading; References; Index.