Welcome to ME034044 - Introduction to Experimental Methods

Course description

The course has two slightly overlapping parts. The first includes lecture and tutorial classes aimed at teaching the basic knowledge required for designing an experimental system, planning an experimental program, and analyzing experimental results. A good understanding of this part is crucial for succeeding in the second part. The second part is focused on projects, in which students are required to design (not to build) a complete experimental system, including all details. The project assignments will describe a mechanical phenomenon to be tested, based on which students will have to define the requirements from the experimental system and its components. Then, students will have to choose appropriate sensors and to design the system and the experimental campaign. During the second part, several pre-schedueld guidance meetings.

Course Staff and administration

Lecturer: Assoc. Prof. Shmuel Osovski, Dan Kahn Bldg. 404

Teaching Assistants: Will be announced soon.

Lecture notes: This document will be periodically updated prior to the lectures.

Announcments: Moodle course website.

Assignments submission: Moodle course website.


Attendance in all course hours, as listed in the table below, is mandatory. This includes all lectures, tutorials, guidance meetings, and project presentation meetings. Students who have a serious problem preventing them from attending class should discuss it in advance with the lecturer.

Assignments and grading

The final grade will be combined of:

  • Project abstract: 10% (mandatory).

  • First project presentation: 45% (mandatory). Projects will be held by groups of 3 students.

  • Second project presentation: 45% (mandatory). Projects will be held by groups of 3 students.

Important dates

  • 10.04.2022 - “Tirgul”- Sensors.

  • 24.04.2022 - “Tirgul”- How to build your project.

  • 05.05.2022 - Projects assignment.

  • 08.05.2022 - Project abstract submission

  • 15.05.2022 - Project guidance meeting (on lecture hours).

  • 29.05.2022 - First project presentation.

  • 19.06.2022 - Seond project presentation.


  1. R.S.Figliola, D.E. Beasley, Theory and Design for Mechanical Measurements, John Wiley & Sons.

  2. J.P. Holman, Experimental Methods for Engineers, 7th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2001

  3. On-line resources will be announced soon.