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2020-2021 SPRING SEMESTER PHYS 101, PHYS 102 LAB SESSIONS

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PHYS101 and PHYS102 Lab sessions for the Spring Semester of the 2020 – 2021 Academic Year will be conducted face to face starting on 01 February 2021. As physical presence is required, students must consider their ability to attend these face-to-face hours when registering for these courses. Students who do not wish to attend Face-to-Face Lab hours should send an e-mail before the add/drop deadline (February 2, 2021) to the address ahmet.eris@bilkent.edu.tr, stating that they will not be attending lab hours. These students will be given Incomplete grades at the end of the semester and they will make-up for the missed practical components over the summer.

Lab sections will be divided into subsections with no more than 25 students in each, and you will have to do the experiment, and record your data in 90 minutes during your regular lab hours indicated in your weekly schedule. The assistant responsible for the section will sign your data and you will be asked to leave the lab so that next subsection can do the experiment. You will have to complete the writing of the report later that day, and upload it together with your signed data to MOODLE until midnight. Late submissions will result in a deduction of 10 points for each day.

You will have to come to the lab to perform three experiments every other week. To learn the detailed semester plan of your section, use the “Semester Plan” link on the left.

You can download your lab manual for each experiment from MOODLE. 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 in the system 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 28 February 2021, Sunday, at 23 :59. 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“. Those students who took and passed the lab for the first time in 2019-20 spring and 2019-20 summer semesters will not be given exemption because of the fact that no project work was done in those semesters due to extraordinary conditions.

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.

  1. Experiments for Phys 101

Experiment 1 – Measurement and Errors (%15)

Experiment 2 – Velocity and Acceleration (%15)

Experiment 3 – Conservation of Linear Momentum: Collisions (%15)

  1. Experiments for Phys 102

Experiment 1 – Electrical Measurements (%15)

Experiment 2 – Equipotentials and Radial Electric Field Lines (%15)

Experiment 3 – Capacitance Circuits (%15)

  1. Project

The remaining part of your Phys. 101 and Phys. 102 Lab activity will be related to the design, development, and carrying out of an experiment as your lab project. The project must be in the form of an experiment designed to calculate a physical quantity by making a series of measurements and using the data thus obtained. The project will have to be individual, so you will not be working in groups. You should start working on your project by doing a preliminary research on which physical quantity you can calculate, and how you can set up an experiment to do so. You are expected to come to the lab at your lab hour to work on your project. Attendance will be compulsory, and your attendance will be monitored.

You have to write a proposal for your 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 analyze your data (what graphs, etc.)

– the theory relating your measurements to the results you want to demonstrate

The proposal must be uploaded in MS Word or PDF format to the STARS/Moodle/Turnitin system. Turnitin system will check for similarity of your proposal to past proposals, and your project will be rejected if similarity is more than 50%.

To be able to do this, you must first create a Moodle account and then enroll (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 moodle@bilkent.edu.tr.

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, analyze 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. Each student is expected to appear in a three minute video recording presenting the experiment which must be submitted along with the final reports. Details of the submission procedure will be announced.

  1. Grading

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)

Video presentation (%10)

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • 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.
  • You will lose points from a component for late submission. 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 following the announcement of the grades.
  • 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.