The course during this Summer Session commences on Tuesday, July 3 and
concludes on Friday, Aug. 3. There are no Monday sessions. A schedule of
experiments and meeting dates is distributed with this Syllabus. Laboratory
Sessions are scheduled on Tuesday - Friday from 10:40 AM until 12:30 PM or
from 12:40 PM until 2:30 PM. IMPORTANT NOTE: NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED
IN THE PHYSICS LAB ROOMS.
Help-Study sessions are for the students' benefit in gaining assistance
with the conceptual basis of an experiment. The Help-Study Hall (PSF-462)
will be staffed by the Instructor and recitation Teaching Assistants from
11:00 AM until 3:00 PM each day except on PHY-131 examination days (July
10, 18, 26, and Aug. 3).
B. Laboratory and Grading Policy
There are ten experiments scheduled for the term. Nine experiments will
be graded; the first experiment, Introduction to the Oscilloscope, will
not be graded. In order to obtain a passing grade (C or better), a student
must have completed seven of these. An A grade requires completion of all
nine with a least a grade of 70 in each lab.
The laboratory format is based on cooperative learning. Students will work
together in teams of three or four. Teams will be organized by the section
TA at the beginning of each set of three experiments; thus, during the term
each student will have three sets of teammates.
Your personal grade for each lab will consist of three parts:
(1) the team write-up of the lab, 65 points, (2) the team
performance on the lab interview, 30 points, and (3) your
personal performance at the lab interview, 5 points. Part 1,
the team write-up of the lab, will consist of the data, the
analysis, and the conclusions, which must be prepared prior to
the interview in an acceptable format (see below under
PRESENTATION OF RESULTS). This team write-up must be presented
at the beginning of the team interview; if your conclusions are
not reasonable, your team may be sent back to your lab table to
reconsider the lab analysis.
During the team interview, Part 2 of your personal grade, each
team member will be asked one or two questions. Questions are
asked to the individual team member, not to the team as a whole,
and each individual must answer ALONE without prompting from other
members of the team; so, no matter how you decide to divide up the
tasks of the lab among your team members, it is the RESPONSIBILITY
OF THE TEAM to make sure that every team member knows all the
relevant points of the lab before the interview begins. Part 3 of
your personal grade (5%), depends on your individual performance
on your question (or two questions) during the interview.
Roughly, in the interview and on the team write-up, major issues
or questions are worth 10 points and secondary or smaller issues
are worth 5 points. For example, in 132, error propagation issues
are usually worth no more than 5 points. On the other hand, after
having done the lab on Electric Field Plotting, an inability to
describe the major properties of electric fields would be worth at
least 10 points. Similarly, in the team write-up, failing to
properly label axes on graphs might cost only 5 points or less;
while an incorrect calculation of a critical value would cost at
least 10 points.
Your final lab grade will be the average of your nine personal lab
A >= 90
E < 60
The plus-minus grade scale will be used; but the plus-minus cutoffs
will depend on the final distribution of grades (for example 87.6-89.9
be a typical range for B+). Completion of less than seven labs
is an automatic E.
C. Data Recording
Data are to be recorded in ink on 8 1/2 X 11 quadrille
sheets (5 X 5). Team members should share the cost of a pad of
quadrille paper. These are to be no erasures or "white-outs". Errors
are to be lined out. At the end of each laboratory period or the
conclusion of the experiment, each data sheet is to be dated and initialed
by all team members and section TA. Data should be recorded in tabular
form with well-labeled columns, or otherwise distinctly entered onto the
data sheet. The data may be transferred to computer spreadsheets
for analysis if the team so desires. For your own protection, you may
wish to make at least one photocopy of all signed data sheets
(it is certainly a bad idea to have only one copy of your data).
D. Presentation of Results
Under the interview structure and in light of the summer's compact
schedule, no individual formal written lab reports are required.
However, the data are to be analyzed, with full attention to
experimental and statistical uncertainties (except when explicity
excused) and the results are to be presented in tabular and/or
graphical format as appropriate. There must be a clearly written
description of the analysis process complete with pertinent equations.
If your calculations are done with a spreadsheet, or with Graphical
Analysis, you must show one example of each calculation in your
written analysis. BE SURE TO STATE YOUR CONCLUSIONS PROMINENTLY AND
CLEARLY. It is expected that most reports will be handwritten on
engineering paper, but word-processed reports are acceptable. All
these documents, as well as the original raw data sheets (initialed
and dated), are to be presented at the interview.
E. Scheduling of Interviews
Most interviews will occur during the last hour or so of the second day
on which the particular experiment is scheduled on a first-come
first-served basis. Interviews normally will last no more than
ten or fifteen minutes.
F. Relation to Lecture
The Department of Physics cannot afford to stock sufficient equipment
to allow all students to conduct the same experiment at one time.
It is thus impossible to coordinate closely the laboratory work
with material covered in the PHY-131 lecture. Consequently, some
students may encounter a concept or physical principle in the lab
before learning about it in lecture. This is not necessarily a bad
ordering of the learning process; many prefer it. On the other hand,
some students may wait for a week after learning the physics theory
before doing the relevant experiments. In either case, it is expected
that material encountered in each course will eventually be reinforced
by material from the other course in such a way as to enhance
Withdrawal policies are established by the University (see the
2007 Summer Session Bulletin
and the 2007 ASU Calendar.)
The deadline for course withdrawal is July 20. Other deadlines are also
given in the Calendar.