|Prelab: 2 points each||20 points total|
|Quizzes: 2 points each||20 points total|
|Lab reports: 10 points each||110 points total|
From p. 3 of the lab manual, II. Course Policies, C:
"Each of you must complete all experiments to receive a grade in the course." Confusion has arisen because of the sentence following this quote. The policy is that you must complete all eleven labs.
Be sure to complete all eleven labs! Make-up labs for Experiments 1-5 will be on October 11-15. Make-up labs for Experiments 6-11 will be on December 6-10.
- Prelabs are due when you walk into the lab.
- Quizzes are due five minutes after the start of class.
- All lab reports are due at the end of class. It is required that you personally hand the report to your instructor before leaving the classroom. Your instructor will then check off your name so that in the unlikely event that your report is lost, we have a record that you turned it in. It is your duty to make sure that your instructor has checked off your name before leaving the classroom. Late lab reports will not be accepted under any circumstances.
At the end of each lab period, each student must turn in a write-up of their lab work. The questions that you must answer are imbedded in the text that describes how the lab is to be done. Each of your answers must be self-contained. That is, it should not be necessary for the grader to refer to the lab manual in order to determine the question you are answering. A number or simple yes or no answer by itself is never enough to receive full credit. The text is broken up into topics, T1, T2, T3, etc. Be very careful, as you read the lab, that you find all the questions, and that you answer them fully, completely, and neatly. You should provide your own paper on which to write up the lab. Please include the experiment number, date, your own name and your lab partner's name on your write-up. For each lab, include a brief summary of your work and conclusions as the final section of your lab report. Use proper grammar and spelling.
General Advice for the lab
Don't forget that the prelab is due when you walk in BEFORE the class begins. Classes at Maryland start right on the hour and students are expected to be in the lab when the period begins. Don't be late. You will need to complete your quiz in the first five minutes of class and then your instructor will say a little bit about the lab in the next five or ten minutes. If you miss the quiz and the introduction, then you may have to attend a later section or make up the lab. When you are working on an experiment, by all means have fun, but try to keep focused on your work as well. You have two hours to finish up and, although that leaves some time for playing and making mistakes, you'll find that it's not a lot of time.
If you miss a lab, you should try to make it up the same week by going to another section. It is up to the TA to admit you to the section, subject to the availability of space. If you cannot make up a lab in the same week, then you must schedule to make up the lab during one of the two scheduled make-up times (see schedule below). It's your responsibility to ensure that your section instructor has received a copy of your make-up work.
Important Dates (preliminary)
|PHYS 107||Schedule Fall 2004|
|Aug 30||First day of classes|
|Aug 30 - Sep 3||Introduction to the lab|
|Sep 6 - 10||Exp. 1: Camera Obscura|
|Sep 13 - 17||Exp. 2: Pinhole Camera|
|Sep 20 - 24||Exp. 3: Light: Reflection, Mirrors and Images|
|Sep 27 - Oct 1||Exp. 4: Light: Refraction|
|Oct 4 - 8||Exp. 5: Images: Shaped Surfaces, Simple Lenses|
|Oct 11 - 15||Make-Up Lab Week|
|Oct 18 - 22||Exp. 6: More Simple Lenses|
|Oct 25 - 29||Exp. 7: The Camera and the Human Eye|
|Nov 1 - 5||Exp. 8: Polarized Light and Birefringence|
|Nov 8 - 12||Exp. 9: Light: Interference|
|Nov 15 - 19||Exp. 10: Light: Diffraction|
|Nov 22 - 26||Thanksgiving week (no lab)|
|Nov 29 - Dec 3||Exp. 11: Diffraction Gratings, Color and Holography|
|Dec 6 - 10||Make-Up Lab Week|
|Dec 13 - 17||Exam Week (No labs)|
|Dec 10||Last Day of Classes|
Last Updated on 9/10/04