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					First year lab projects
Structure of first year lab
                              Introductory Sessions


   Opt./Elec.                   Demonstration                        Computing
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           Monday 14.00 - 17.00                                Thursdays 09.00 - 12.00
           Tuesday 09.00 - 12.00                               Fridays 14.00 - 17.00
                                                                                             First Term
   a                b              c                   x               y               z
   O/E               D             C                 O/E                D              C

   C                 O/E           D                 C                 O/E             D

   D                 C             O/E               D                 C               O/E
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                                              Short
                                           Experiments
                                                                      Maths analysis         Second Term
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                                            Projects
                                           Open Days                                         Third Term
                              Projects: Timetable in term 3
Week 2     Time              Mon 3                 Tues 4                Wed 5                 Thur 6             Fri 7
03-May     09-10                               P                                         P
           10-11             BANK              P                                         P                        SoM
           11-12                               P                                         P                         QP
           12-1
                                                                                                                            First meeting with
Tutorial
            1-2
            2-3                                                                                  SoM         P
                                                                                                                            your students
            3-4          HOLIDAY                                                              SoM Cl         P
            4-5                                                                                  MA          P
            5-6
                  Week 5     Time        Mon 24        Tues 25   Wed 26        Thur 27       Fri 28
                  24-May     09-10                 P              Elec     P
                             10-11        QP       P              QP       P
                  Per Tut    11-12
                             12-1
                                         QP Cl     P                       P
                                                                                                        Schedule is mostly free
                  Tutorial
                              1-2
                              2-3
                              3-4
                                     P
                                     P
                                                       Matter
                                                        E&M
                                                                                         P
                                                                                         P
                                                                                                           in weeks 2 to 7
                              4-5    P                  E&M                              P
                              5-6

 Week 8
 14-Jun
            Time
            09-10
                              Mon 14                   Tues 15            Wed 16              Thur 17             Fri 18
                                                                                                                            Open days
            10-11                                                                            PROJECT DISPLAY
            11-12             DISPLAY PREPARATION                                                     DAYS
             12-1
             1-2
             2-3                                                                                 Dept            Schools
             3-4                                                                                views             view
             4-5                                                                              projects           projects
             5-6
Demonstrators: actions

 This term:
 • write two project proposals, due March 3
 • procure/prepare any hard to find equipment, software etc.


 Next term:
 • meet with each pair of students (1 hour/project/week)
 • attend department open day June 17
 • complete continuous assessment form by June 18
Project ideas

• Projects can be experimental or
  theoretical/computational
• Look over scripts for short experiments to
  see what level students are used to. (Short
  experiments are 6 hours)
• Check previous years projects for ideas,
http://www.imperial.ac.uk/physicsuglabs/firstyearlab/projects/previousprojects

• Too ambitious? You should be able to
  complete the project in less than 10 hours.
Project Ideas

What is physics? Mathematical description of the
  natural world, starting from basic physical laws.
An ideal project will have something to calculate and
  something to measure. This is not always possible.
Project could:
• Illustrate basic physics in a interesting way, or
• Involve important/useful experimental, computational
  or theoretical techniques
Students need to be able to present their project results
  on a poster at the open days
Project examples

Bat box (experimental)
   Build an ultrasonic receiver to mix bat chirps down to audio range.
   •Physics: heterodyne measurements (okay)
   •Techniques: electronics (okay)
   •Presentation: Excellent, easy to make an interesting poster w/ audio

Counting without counting (theory/ experiment)
   Measure electron charge by statistics of small current fluctuations.
   Mechanical analogy could be dropping ball bearings on scale.
   •Physics: counting statistics, fluctuations (excellent)
   •Techniques: Monte Carlo? Data acquisition? (good)
   •Presentation: Very good, easy to make an interesting poster.
Project examples
Helmholtz coils (theory/computing/experiment)
     Calculate/measure field from Helmholtz pair.
     •Physics: Electromagnetism, elliptic functions (excellent)
     •Techniques: Hall probe (fair)
     •Presentation: Difficult to make interesting (fair)
Rubber band heat engine: Physics: excellent, Tech: good, Pres: good
Phase locking: Physics: excellent, Tech: fair, Pres: fair/good
Electronic fireflies- self organized criticality:
        Physics: excellent, Tech: good, Pres: excellent
Metal detector: Physics: fair, Tech: v. good, Pres: good
CD/DVDs and diffraction: Physics: good, Tech: fair, Pres: good
Robots?: Physics: none?, Tech: electronics?, Pres: good
Less-conventional projects

• Web-based project? Video?
• Group projects: supervise 4 students doing
  one project, rather than 2 individual
  projects
                      FIRST YEAR PROJECTS: CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT
             Name                                                      Mark (out of 60)


Assessment   Partner’s Name                                            Project Code


                        B. Sc.                      B.Sc. +YiE                       M. Sci.             M. Sci. + YiE

                                                       ATTENDANCE
                                             Session                      Date
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             Please circle the appropriate mark in each category:

             Enthusiasm/Initiative                        [0] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
             Comprehension                                [0] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
             Construction/Experimental Skill/
             Programming Ability              [0] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
             Results/Data Collection/
             Analysis/Interpretation                      [0] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
             Lab Book/Recordkeeping                       [0] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
             Poster Display                               [0] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
             Communication Skills                         [0] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

             Total Mark:
             Fractional Attendance (see notes 2 and 3):
             Product of total mark and fractional attendance:
             Discretionary Mark (see note 4d, use sparingly):
             Write the product of the total mark and fractional attendance (plus any discretionary mark) in the box at the
             top of the page.
    Assessment
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     80-100%: OUTSTANDING. Exceptional, independent work which shows thorough
        understanding and excellent technique together with substantial initiative.
     70-80%:       FIRST CLASS. Excellent work: shows very good understanding and originality or
        correct method and clear reporting together with significant initiative.
     60-70%:       UPPER SECOND. Good work: shows some initiative without being brilliant.
     50-60%:       LOWER SECOND. Below average work or generally competent work but
        containing a few shortcomings such as poor data, some incomplete interpretation, etc.
     40-50%:       THIRD. Well below average in all respects or containing substantial flaws or
        omissions.
     0-40%:        FAIL. Unsatisfactory work: poor in all aspects or containing major mistakes in
        interpretation and analysis.

				
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