Physics for Civil Engineering Laboratory

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Course Unit Code480-8250/01
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated2 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Compulsory
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle
Year of Study *Second Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredSummer Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech, English
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
ALE02Doc. Dr.RNDr. Petr Alexa
The subject follows physics lectures with the aim of deepening of basic physics knowledge in practical applications, especially in building physics.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
Illustrate the achieved theoretical knowledge in physics with its practical applications, especially in civil engineering. Make the students acquainted with the operation of basic experimental apparatuses. Enable to measure selected physical quantities, compute dependent quantities and apply the simple statistical methods of measurement processing and evaluation.
Critically compare computed results with the tabulated ones or results determined by other methods.

Course Contents
I.Introduction to physical measurement and its processing
II. Practical measurements and their evaluation:
1. Young modulus: rod deflection
2. Thermal heat conductivity
3. Frequency measurement based on beats
4. Speed of sound
5. Surface tension
6. Specific heat capacity
7. Luminous intensity, flux and efficiency
8. Emissivity and thermal radiation measurement
9. Photoelectric effect: Electron work function
10. Radioactive radiation: intensity and absorption

Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
KIRKUP L., FRENKEL R. B.: An Introduction to Uncertainty in Measurement, Cambridge University Press, 2006, ISBN-13:9780521605793 | ISBN-10:0521605792
MÁDR, V. a kol.: Fyzikální měření, SNTL, Praha 1991. ISBN 80-03-00266-4; KOPEČNÝ, J. a kol.: Fyzikální měření, VŠB-TUO, Ostrava, 1999. ISBN 80-7078-655-8;
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Recommended Reading:
KIRKUP L.: Data Analysis with Excel®, Cambridge University Press, 2002, ISBN-13:9780521797375 | ISBN-10:0521797373.
BROŽ, J. a kol.: Základy fyzikálních měření, část I, SPN, Praha 1983;
BROŽ, J. a kol.: Základy fysikálních měření, část II.B, SPN, Praha 1974;
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Experimental work in labs
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Graded creditGraded credit100 51