Physics 6890: Modern Physics Lab II
Lab 10:30-12:30 Tuesday and Thursday, Room 267, Physics Building
The goal of the course is to learn how to design, propose, build,
run, analyze, present, and write up a physics experiment. Each student
is required to propose an experiment based on an original or derived
design. For ideas students are encouraged to search literature,
speak with colleagues, and recall the history of science. These proposals
will be made in 15 minute oral proposal presentations and written proposals.
The instructor will "fund" all or some of the proposals based on their
physics merit, practicality, cost, size, and time required. The class
then cooperatively builds and runs the funded experiments. Students
are required to maintain lab notebooks which are collected and
graded. At the end of the class the results of each of the
experiment are described in experimental presentations and written
experimental summaries. Each student is required to give at least a
15 minute experimental presentation, while experimental summaries can have
Professor: David Cinabro(333 Physics, 313-577-2918,
Office Hours: 8:30-10:30 Tuesday and Thursday
Text: The Art of Experimental Physics by Preston and Dietz,
John Wiley and Sons; 1991 is recommended.
Grade is based on oral presentation and written proposal.
Whether the proposal is funded or not does not bear on
the grade, but proposals must recognize the funding
criteria discussed above.
- Lab Performance(30%)
Based on laboratory notebooks that are turned in
when experiments complete their data taking.
- Experimental Presentations(15%)
Based on oral presentations. These are expected
to be of the quality and style of
an APS presentation.
- Experimental Summaries(15%)
Based on experiment summaries. These are expected
to be of the quality and style of a submission to a physics
journal such as Physical Review Letters.
Papers can either have single authors, multiple
authors all receiving the same grade, or
chapters written by single or multiple authors in which
case author grades will be the average of the
chapter grade and an overall grade for the summary.
|Week 1: 5 September ||Proposal Criteria|
|Week 3: 19 September ||Proposal Presentations |
|Week 3 Friday: 22 September||Written Proposals Due |
|Week 4: 26 September ||Funding Discussion |
|Week 12: 21 November||Completion of Experimental Data Taking|
|Week 15 Tuesday: 12 December||Experimental Presentations|
|Week 15 Thursday: 14 December||Experimental Summaries Due|
- Ask physicists for suggestions.
- History. Many experiments from the past are worth repeating.
- Fundamental Constants. How are they measured?
- Precision measurements. Precise measurement of even mundane
quantities often require complex instruments.
American: The Amateur Scientist
Society for Amateur Scientists
has a list of projects and experiments
Professor David Cinabro
Last modified: Fri Jan 26 08:39:10 EST 2001