Jupyter Notebook as the Physics Experimental Laboratory's Logbook - First Approach

Irene Urcelay-Olabarria, Ruth Lazkoz, Jon Urrestilla, Aritz Leonardo, Josu M. Igartua


In the Physics Degree it is of fundamental importance to practice in an Experimental Laboratory. The standard Laboratory Sessions consist of two main parts: data handling and data processing. The session should also have a prologue, where students get to know the underlaying theory of the practical session and an epilogue, where students present the results obtained and the difficulties encountered. The prologue and the epilogue naturally decouple from the work in the laboratory. Data processing, in most cases, is effectively decoupled from the work in the laboratory, as well. In this short paper we present a tool, the Jupyter Notebook, an electronic laboratory logbook, which conveniently facilitates the decoupling of the data handling and processing, but which merges almost completely into an electronic notebook the four parts of the laboratory practical session: theory, data, processing and presentation. But, interestingly, the notebook goes beyond that: it allows the students to explore the data in an interactive way (simulating variants), to acquire a deeper knowledge of the data (by digitally altering the experiment or simulating new ones), to propose new experiments, etcetera. We strongly believe that this tool can also motivate the students: the results are obtained interactively, immediately, visually, and they can be shared and even improved. Moreover, the laboratory sessions get optimized: simulations make the sessions be focused on obtaining data and in its variants.


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Paper Citation

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Urcelay-Olabarria I., Lazkoz R., Urrestilla J., Leonardo A. and Igartua J. (2017). Jupyter Notebook as the Physics Experimental Laboratory's Logbook - First Approach . In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-239-4, pages 458-463. DOI: 10.5220/0006352104580463

in Bibtex Style

author={Irene Urcelay-Olabarria and Ruth Lazkoz and Jon Urrestilla and Aritz Leonardo and Josu M. Igartua},
title={Jupyter Notebook as the Physics Experimental Laboratory's Logbook - First Approach},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - Jupyter Notebook as the Physics Experimental Laboratory's Logbook - First Approach
SN - 978-989-758-239-4
AU - Urcelay-Olabarria I.
AU - Lazkoz R.
AU - Urrestilla J.
AU - Leonardo A.
AU - Igartua J.
PY - 2017
SP - 458
EP - 463
DO - 10.5220/0006352104580463