1 - Physics 257 Experimental Methods I Syllabus Course...

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1 Physics 257: Experimental Methods I – Syllabus Course Description Experimental Methods I. ( Co-requisite: PHYS230 or PHYS251! ). Introductory laboratory work and data analysis with a focus on experiments in mechanics, optics and thermodynamics. Introduction to computers as they are employed for laboratory work, data analysis and numerical computation. Previous experience with computers is an asset but is not required. The lecture component of the course will primarily cover statistics, data analysis, and computing. The lectures are an essential part of this laboratory course. WebCT – Information and Announcements Information and announcements for this course will be posted on WebCT. Registered students (only) will have access. Please check WebCT frequently to avoid missing important announcements and to download weekly assignments. A discussion forum is enabled on WebCT, allowing you to ask each other questions and discuss course material – it is a valuable tool for peer instruction. Marking Scheme Laboratory Work 70% Assignments 15% Final Quiz (in-class) 15% Identify all written work with your name (printed), student number and your lab day . The overall lab work mark (70%) will be computed from the average of your highest 8 (of 9) report marks. The overall assignment mark (15%) will be computed from the average of your highest 7 (of 8) assignments marks. Your lowest lab and assignment marks will not count towards your overall grade. Lab reports Lab report deadlines will be communicated in lab by Ms. Engelberg. The penalty for late reports is -10%×(days late) 2 ; i.e. -10% for 1 day late, - 40% for 2 days late etc. Assignments Assignments will be available for download from WebCT Thursday evening after lectures. Assignments (i.e. actual paper copies) are due in class at 1:05pm BEFORE the start of the following lecture . Late assignments will not be accepted , nor will electronic submissions (i.e. e-mail) Textbook No textbook is required. You will be supplied with a laboratory lab manual and lecture notes on WebCT Recommended Text: P. R. Bevington and D. K. Robinson, Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences (McGraw-Hill, New York, 2003). Recommended software: Matlab programming and data visualization software. Available online http://www.mathworks.com/academia/student_version/ or from the bookstore. Access to computers (with Matlab installed) is available in the Physics department computer room. The student version of matlab is inexpensive (similar cost as a textbook) and you’ll use it throughout your degree—I highly recommend you find a way to get a copy. It is not necessary to have the most recent version of matlab. Instructors
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2010 for the course PHYS 257 taught by Professor Dobbs during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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