Advanced Laboratory I
PHY 334 Spring 2005
Adrian C. Melissinos, Experiments in Modern Physics
The 1966 version has both Thermionic Emission and Compton Scattering.
There are also several copies available in PSF377.
Tuesday (SLN 81748)
1:40-2:30 in PSF 306
2:40-4:30 in PSF 377
other hours to be arranged
Thursday (SLN 54908)
12:40-1:30 in PSF 366
1:40-3:30 in PSF 377
other hours to be arranged
Tuesday: Gary Adams
Office: PSF 430
Phone: (480) 727-6511
Office hours: MW 4:00-5:30; F 3:40-4:40; and by appointment.
Help Study: TH 2:40-3:30
Thursday: Martha R. McCartney
Office: PSB 347
Phone: (480) 965-4558
Office hours: Monday 10:40-11:30; Tuesday 1:40-3:30; and by appointment
Office hours: TBA
Development of experimental techniques and data analysis skills;
introduction to report writing; laboratory notebook usage. Students
should purchase two full-size bound laboratory notebooks (you should
be able to tape or paste 8.5x11 sheets into your notebook).
Each student will maintain his/her own laboratory notebook and will
submit an individual lab report.
Four to five experiments will be performed in groups of approximately four students.
The lab schedule is available here.
Descriptions of the experiments are available here.
PSF306 (Tuesdays 1:40-2:30) and PSF336 (Thursdays 12:40-1:30) are reserved for any
necessary meetings of the full class. These meetings will be announced as
necessary. However, most weeks the entire three hour class time will be spent in
Your ASU email address will be used to disseminate information. Students are
responsible for receiving it. Make sure that your ASU email address is
functional and that your spam filter, if operating, allows emails from both
instructors and from our TA.
The following books have been requested on the Reserve List at
John R. Taylor, An Introduction to Error Analysis
Bevington and Robinson, Data Reduction and Error Analysis
If you plan to be an experimental physicist, it is worthwhile to
purchase a personal copy of Bevington. It is a standard and
often-used reference. In the 3rd edition, the rules for propagation
of errors are on pages 48-49.
J.J. Brehm and W.J. Mullin, Introduction to the Structure of Matter
Noble's Copy was listed as missing, but another has been ordered,
and will be on reserve when it arrives. Brehm and Mullin contains
useful information for both the X-Ray Physics and Compton experiments.
The due dates for each lab are available on the Lab Schedule. For each
lab, each student will turn in their lab notebook plus a 2-3 page
summary of the lab, which should indicate where, in the lab notebook,
all relevant data, calculations, graphs, etc. can be found. The lab grade
will consist of the instructor's evaluation of both the student's lab notebook
and the written summary. For the
Astrophysics Labs, these instructions will be superseded by instructions
from Paul Scowen.
The full text of the syllabus is also available as a pdf file.