purpose is to provide you with a demonstration of the principles of
the course, and to give you practical experience in the techniques
of laboratory work. The lab is located in Physics A-130 and is
conducted by graduate-student teaching assistants (TAs).
How to prepare and
what to bring:
Laboratory manual, lab notebook
with graph paper (such as the "Engineering and Science" notebook available in the campus
The labs are
announced in the course calendar. You
must read the manual for each of the labs in advance.
For data taking
you will work together with another student.
Record the data directly
in your lab book. If you make a mistake, do not remove pages. Get the
TA's signature for your data before you leave the lab.
Evaluating the results and writing the report
must be done individually (see
Lab reports are
due 48hrs after the lab. Your write-up must contain a short
description of the experimental setup and procedure, the data
analysis, and answers to the questions in the lab
manual. Lab books will be
returned to you at the start of the next lab. The grading is
at the discretion of the TA.
If you miss the
48 hour deadline for lab reports, there will be
point deductions for late submissions (one point
out of 10 per day). This means that a lab report that is late by
more than 12 days will automatically receive zero points.
If you must miss
a lab, notify your TA in advance and obtain permission.
Makeup labs can be done in three slots as indicated in the
course calendar, if a prior arrangement has
been made with the TA. All eight labs are required (see
exam and grading policy).