Modern Physics II Laboratory

PHY 3107L-U01, Spring 2007

Instructor: Laird Kramer

M 11:00 am - 1:45 pm, CP 251

 

CP 211

Office Hours: 1:00 - 3:00 pm, TR

  (305) 348-6073  
  Laird.Kramer@fiu.edu  
  http://www.fiu.edu/~kramerl  


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Prerequisites:

The same prerequisites as apply to the PHY3107 lecture course apply to this laboratory. Specifically, you must have already taken PHY 3106 and PHY 3106L. You must further be enrolled in the lecture part of the course, PHY3107. You will also need to use your FIU email account.

Course Objectives:
The primary course objective is to motivate the "why" of Modern Physics by observation, discovery, and experimentation. The secondary objective is to provide laboratory skills and experiences.  

Course Format:
This course is primarily laboratory based, however the grading is entirely Web-based. Students taking this course can access the course grade at any time, anywhere. When doing the laboratory write-ups, students will download the report templates from the web.

E-mail will be used throughout the course to facilitate communications between the instructor and students. Students will be required to send their assignments to the instructor via e-mail. After grading, feedback on assignments will be sent to the students via e-mail.

Grading:
Grades are based on the laboratory write-ups (50%), observed laboratory techniques (35%), and your oral report (15%). The grading scale is:

Grade:

Minimum Average:

A

90
A-
87

B+

83
B
80
B-
77
C+
73
C
70
C-
67
D+
63
D
60
D-
57
F
0

Individual labs are graded You receive 33% of your lab score is for your uncertainty analysis (that is the same as your error analysis), 33% for completing all parts of the laboratory correctly, and 33% for including your data in the report. You are responsible for completing all labs within the semester. Your lateness policy will be decided by you and approved by the instructor, and you will be held to it. You must email your lateness policy to the instructor. The lateness policy must include a date and time by which all reports will be completed. The default lateness policy is reports are due one week after the lab is completed, at midnight, late reports not accepted, no exceptions. Missed labs receive zero credit unless arrangements are made to make up the lab. Class lateness will be counted against the lab techniques component.

We will be using TurnItIn.com to hand in the reports. This allows easier administration and the inclusion of grading comments inside the document. You will need to create an account and add the course 1792488 with password 'modern07'. Make-up laboratories will only be arranged when notification is made (via email or phone) prior to the assigned lab. Make-up labs forfeit any lab participation credit.

A 10-minute oral presentation on one of the experiments is scheduled for the last part of the semester.

Incomplete grades can be given only for documented reasons beyond the control of the student, and not for failing work.

Lab Manual:
Microsoft Word files for the lab manual. You may use these as starting points for the lab writeups. You will also want to printout the appropriate labs to bring with you to the lab. Your lab writeup should begin with the MLabtemplate.doc file.

Groups:
Students will be split into four groups -- named after unknowns.

Date Higgs
Gravitons Squarks Gluinos 
Jan 8
No Lab No Lab No Lab No Lab
Jan 15 No Lab No Lab No Lab No Lab
Jan 22
Zeeman He Ne Laser LED ESR
Jan 29 ESR Zeeman He Ne Laser LED
Feb 5 LED ESR Zeeman He Ne Laser
Feb 12 He Ne Laser LED
ESR Zeeman
Feb 19 Inverse PE Radioactive Decay Cloud Chamber Hall Effect
Feb 26 Hall Effect Inverse PE Radioactive Decay Beta-Ray Spect
Mar 5 Beta-Ray Spect Hall Effect Inverse PE Radioactive Decay
Mar 12 Radioactive Decay Gamma-Ray Spect Hall Effect Inverse PE
Mar 19 Spring Break Spring Break Spring Break Spring Break
Mar 26 Superconductors Superconductors Gamma-Ray Spect Cloud Chamber
Apr 2 Cloud Chamber Beta-Ray Spect Superconductors Gamma-Ray Spect
Apr 9 Gamma-Ray Spect Cloud Chamber Beta-Ray Spect Superconductors
Apr 16
Oral Presentations Oral Presentations Oral Presentations Oral Presentations
Apr 23
ALL REPORTS DUE ALL REPORTS DUE ALL REPORTS DUE ALL REPORTS DUE

Last Updated March 16, 2007 8:23 AM