Lab is once per week for three hours. There are three sections available, and each section is divided into four tracks, based on the order in which you will do the experiments. Class times and locations are
|OM:||201 East Bridge||2:00pm-2:30pm Monday, Sep. 25 only|
|Wednesday Section:||308 East Bridge||1:00pm-4:00pm|
|Thursday Section:||308 East Bridge||1:00pm-4:00pm|
|Friday Section:||308 East Bridge||1:00pm-4:00pm|
You must do all the labs and hand in a notebook for each to pass the course.
Grades are based on lab notebooks and homework and are weighted as follows.
There are no formal reports. Your writeup is your lab notebook, and you should analyze your data as you do the lab. An example of the initial part of a good lab notebook, see
Do your homeworks on a separate sheet of paper, rather than in your lab notebook, and turn them in at the beginning of class on the day they are due. A designated homework TA will then grade them in class while you work on the lab, so that you can get immediate feedback. If you have any questions you may consult with the homework TA in class. If you want to correct anything you got wrong, you are welcome to do so in class as well. Final deadline for turning in homework is the end of class on the day it is due.
Collaboration policy: You may collaborate with anyone you like on your homeworks. Just be sure to give them credit by listing their names at the top of your sheet. If you work in a big group and don't remember everybody's name, list as many as you do remember, and then put "and others."
|Due Dates||Reading||Taylor Homework||Mathematica Homework||Lab||Notebook Due|
|Sep. 27-29||Taylor ch. 1-2||Taylor 2.3, 2.19, 2.30||Getting started||Lab 1: Session 1|
|Oct. 4-6||Taylor ch. 3-4||Taylor 3.2, 3.3, 3.26, 3.30, 3.50, 4.13, 4.18||Plotting||Lab 1: Session 2||Lab 1|
|Oct. 11-13||Taylor ch. 5||Taylor 5.4, 5.15, 5.25, 5.28, 5.33, 5.36||Importing||Lab 2: Session 1|
|Oct. 18-20||Taylor ch. 6-7||Taylor 6.3, 6.6, 6.7, 7.4, 7.6||Fitting||Lab 2: Session 2||Lab 2|
|Oct. 25-27||Midterms: Lab Closed||Midterms: Lab Closed||Midterms: Lab Closed||Midterms: Lab Closed||Midterms: Lab Closed|
|Nov. 1-3||Taylor ch. 8||Taylor 8.4, 8.14, 8.23, 8.24||Exporting||Lab 3: Session 1|
|Nov. 8-10||Taylor ch. 9||Taylor 9.7, 9.11, 9.16||Programming||Lab 3: Session 2||Lab 3|
|Nov. 15-17||Taylor ch. 10-11||Taylor 10.10, 10.22, 11.6, 11.9, 11.12||Statistics||Lab 4: Session 1|
|Nov. 22-24||Thanksgiving: Lab Closed||Thanksgiving: Lab Closed||Thanksgiving: Lab Closed||Thanksgiving: Lab Closed||Thanksgiving: Lab Closed|
|Nov. 29 - Dec. 1||Taylor ch. 12||Taylor 12.2, 12.10, 12.14||Monte-Carlo Methods||Lab 4: Session 2||Lab 4|
|Lab||Track 1||Track 2||Track 3|
|1||Test Equipment and Data Acquisition||Test Equipment and Data Acquisition||Test Equipment and Data Acquisition|
|2||Harmonic Oscillator||Interferometry||Ion Trap|
|3||Interferometry||Ion Trap||Harmonic Oscillator|
|4||Ion Trap||Harmonic Oscillator||Interferometry|
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Last updated Sep. 25, 2017.