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1/3 PHY257 PHYSICS LABORATORY SYLLABUS, SPRING 2008 REGISTRATION: Students must register for the labs separately from the lectures. GOALS: The goal of the lab is to explore the experimental basis of electromagnetism covered in PHY 108, and that of optics and modern Physics covered in PHY 207 . GRADING / EVALUATION: 70 % of the Lab Grade is determined from your lab reports. Two-week labs carry twice the weight of one- week labs. 30 % of your grade will be determined by a comprehensive final examination. A grading curve will be used to determine the Lab Grade. Each section is curved separately and will approximately follow the guidelines listed here. All students who receive 40% or less, and those that fail for not handing in 2 or more reports are not part of the curve. Of those that remain, they will be curved as follows: Labs A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D F 151, 152 20% 20% 15% 20% 15% 4% 3% 3% Score <40 2 labs missing 158, 257 15% 15% 15% 20% 15% 8% 6% 6% These percentages are approximate, and will likely change by one or two people as the actual grade distribution warrants. TEXT : Modern Physics Laboratory Manual for Physics 207 , 2 nd Edition. It is available at the bookstore. FINAL EXAM: The two-hour final exam will contain: Questions similar to those found in the manual in section VII for every experiment. A set of data and you will be asked to carry out simple analysis based on what you have learned in the lab. LAB REPORTS: Reports are due at the next regular session after each experiment is completed. When a student hands in his/her report, the TA signs on the last page of the student’s lab notebook or textbook. This entry serves as a receipt for the student. No signature means no valid claim that you handed in the report!! Lab reports are collected at the start of each session
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