YOUR FIRST LAB SESSION
PHYS101 and PHYS102 Labs for the Spring Semester of the 2017 – 2018 Academic Year will start on the second week of the semester with an orientation session, in which you will get to know your lab assistant and learn useful tips on lab work. It is very important that you attend the orientation session (attendance will be taken). You will be submitting your lab reports and all material related to your lab project to your lab assistant. Also, if you have questions about the lab, or if you are encountering problems, you should contact your lab assistant either personally or by writing an e-mail.
To learn your lab schedule and the detailed semester plan, use the “Lab Schedule” or the “Semester Plan” links on the left.
You Should get your lab manuals from the lab technician Sadettin Karateke in room SA-Z06. Since there will be a quiz given at the beginning of each lab session, it is important that you study the manual before you come to the lab.
NOTE FOR REPEATING STUDENTS
If you have taken this course in the past and your lab grade is satisfactory, i.e., 60 or above, you have the right to apply for exemption. To do this click on the menu item “Request Exemption” on the left and fill in the on-line form. The deadline for the application is (02 April 2018, Monday 17 :30), same as the withdrawal deadline. Be sure that your details are entered correctly so that we can find your lab grade from our files. Few days later, check and be sure that your name appears on the “Exemption List“.
Note: Those students who withdraw from the course will not be able to complete the lab work, and will have to repeat the lab next time they take the course.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND GRADING
Physics lab includes 3 experiments (45 % contribution) and 1 lab project (55% contribution). The aim of the 3 experiments is to provide basic laboratory education.
- Experiments for Phys 101
Experiment 1 – Velocity and Acceleration (%15)
Experiment 2 – Measuring Forces and Friction (Parts A and C) (%15)
Experiment 3 – Angular Velocity and Acceleration (%15)
- Experiments for Phys 102
Experiment 1 – Equipotential and Radial Electric Field Lines (%15)
Experiment 2 – Measurement of Electrical Resistance (%15)
Experiment 3 – Capacitance Circuits (%15)
The remaining part of your Phys. 101 and Phys. 102 Lab activity will be related to the development and carrying out of an experiment which you design as your lab project. Details for this activity will be announced during the orientation.
You will be forming project groups, and each group will have to write one proposal for the lab project. The proposal should include:
- A title
- Your Name, Department, Course Code and Section
- A summary of the experiment you want to carry out, pointing out what you want to measure, the equipment you want to use or construct, and what measurements you will carry out.
- A summary of the research you have carried out which led you to this experiment. List the sources which you have used, relevant Internet links, etc.
- A detailed description of your experiment. This part should contain the following parts:
– a description of the setup you will construct
– the procedure you will follow to make measurements and obtain the data
– the structure of the tables you will use to record your data, etc.
– the procedure you will follow to analyse your data (what graphs, etc.)
– the theory relating your measurements to the results you want to demonstrate
The proposal must be sent as an e-mail attachment to your lab assistant, and must also be uploaded in pdf format to the STARS/Moodle/Turnitin system. It is important that each group uploads only one file otherwise, the STARS/Moodle/Turnitin system will report high similarity and your project will be rejected.
To be able to do this, you must first create a Moodle account and then enrol (register) to the desired Moodle course pages. You can login the server using the “Moodle” button on their STARS screens. This must be done at least once at the beginning of the semester to create a Moodle account. Previous semester Moodle accounts will not work on the new server.
To access the course on Moodle: Log in the STARS system, Click on the “Moodle” button next to the name of the relevant course. If you experience any problems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will receive feedback from your lab assistant within a week. If needed, make the necessary changes and re-submit your proposal before the deadline. You do not need to submit a revised proposal if your proposal is satisfactory and there are no changes made. In case you missed the deadline and did not submit a proposal, you can still submit your proposal as a revised one.
No feedback is given to the revised proposal.
You should carry out your experiment, collect your data, analyse your results and Write a final report. Your final report should be structured similar to your proposal, with the addition of data analysis and a discussion of your results.
Reports must be submitted through the STARS/MOODLE/Turnitin system, and a copy should also sent to your lab assistant as an e-mail attachment.
Your Lab grade will be composed of the following components:
First experiment: (%15)
Second experiment: (%15)
Third experiment: (%15)
Project proposal (or revised proposal) (%15)
Final report (%30)
Poster presentation (%10)
- You may receive help for your proposals from various sources or discussions with other people, but anything you submit as Lab work must be your own work. Any form of cheating will result in failing the Lab, as well as disciplinary action.
- A selection of “best” experiments from all lab sections will be able to compete in a final presentation for ranking. The best ranked three experiments will receive special awards.
- You will lose points from a component for late submissions. You will fail the Lab if any component is more than one week late. In order to pass the Lab, your lab grade must be at least 60. Students who fail the Lab will receive an FZ grade from the course, independent of how they perform in their other coursework.
- You may ask for a reassessment of a component of your laboratory activity with the exception of the poster presentation. Reassessment application must be done within five work days after the grade is announced.
- If your Lab grade is less than 90, you will not be able to receive an A+ grade from the course.
- The Labs will be available for you to work throughout the semester. You can visit the labs during your lab schedule; the assistant in the Lab can answer your questions about the available equipment as well as how you will be submitting your proposals and reports electronically.
POSTER TEMPLATE (PDF)
The poster should be in A2 size.