Ph77 - Caltech Senior Physics Laboratory


Course Description

Ph77 is a two-term, Senior-level course in experimental physics. Ph77a is offered every term, and Ph77b is offered second and third terms. Ph77a is a prerequisite to Ph77b.

There are two sections in the class, and there are five standard tracks in each section. Special design-and-build tracks are sometimes offered, and if you come to us with an idea for a project, we can usually set up a track for you to do that as well. Class times and locations are

OM: 210 East Bridge 3:00pm-4:00pm Monday, Sep. 25 only

Thursday Section: 210 East Bridge 10:00am-4:00pm
Friday Section: 210 East Bridge 10:00am-4:00pm

Lab work is done during class time. There are no lectures.

Grades, writeups, and lab notebooks

You must do all the labs in your track and hand in a notebook for each to complete the course. Grades are based on lab notebooks and, where applicable, prelab exercises. For labs with prelab exercises, grades are weighted as follows.

Prelabs 33%
Notebooks 67%

For labs without prelab exercises, 100% of the grade is determined by the notebook.

For most of the labs, there is no post-lab analysis. Your writeup is your lab notebook, and you should analyze your data as you do the lab. All entries should be in ink, with any mistakes crossed out by a single line. Neatness counts! Use graphics, printouts, and screenshots liberally. For more details, see

Collaboration policy: As in research, you may collaborate with anyone you like. Also just as in research, be sure to give them credit by listing their names at the top of your work.

Schedule:

The following schedule is for both Thursday and Friday sections.

Due Date Electronics-A Electronics-B Atomic-A Atomic-B Optics-A Optics-B
Sep. 28-29 Test Electronics and Digital Data Acquisition Test Electronics and Digital Data Acquisition Exp. 5-Prelab I Exp. 8-Prelab I Exp. 61-Prelab Exp. 71-Prelab
Oct. 5-6 FFT Lock-In I Exp. 5-Notebook I, Prelab II Exp. 8-Notebook I, Prelab II Exp. 61-Notebook Exp. 71-Notebook
Oct. 12-13 Filtering and transfer functions Lock-In II Exp. 5-Notebook II Exp. 62-Prelab Exp. 72-Prelab
Oct. 19-20 Feedback control DAQ Exp. 7-Prelab and Notebook Exp. 8-Notebook II Exp. 62-Notebook Exp. 72-Notebook
Oct. 26-27 Midterms: Lab Closed Midterms: Lab Closed Midterms: Lab Closed Midterms: Lab Closed Midterms: Lab Closed Midterms: Lab Closed
Nov. 2-3 Lock-In I Transmission lines Exp. 8-Prelab I Exp. 7-Prelab and Notebook Exp. 71-Prelab Exp. 61-Prelab
Nov. 9-10 Lock-In II FFT Exp. 8-Notebook I, Prelab II Exp. 5-Prelab I Exp. 71-Notebook Exp. 61-Notebook
Nov. 16-17 DAQ Filtering and transfer functions Exp. 5-Notebook I, Prelab II Exp. 72-Prelab Exp. 62-Prelab
Nov. 22-24 Thanksgiving: Lab Closed Thanksgiving: Lab Closed Thanksgiving: Lab Closed Thanksgiving: Lab Closed Thanksgiving: Lab Closed Thanksgiving: Lab Closed
Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 Transmission lines Feedback control Exp. 8-Notebook II Exp. 5-Notebook II Exp. 72-Notebook Exp. 62-Notebook

Due Dates and Late Penalties:

Notebooks are due by end of class on Thursdays or Fridays, depending on your section, as listed in the table.

Late penalties are one full letter grade per week late.

Contact Information


PMA - Caltech Department of Physics, Math, and Astronomy.

Other physics courses at Caltech.


http://pmaweb.caltech.edu/~ph77

Last updated November 2, 2017.