PHYS 124 - Freshman Project |
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Semester: | Spring 2017 | ||
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Instructor: | Cemal Yalabik | ||

Office: | Room SA-228 | Phone 1316 | |

Assistant: | Ahmet Refat Mohamed Ouf | Room SA-204 |

**About the course:**

This course intends to impart to the student, knowledge and capabilities associated with
basic reserch methods and tools needed to carry out reasearch in Physics.
The course will involve 2 hours/week of classroom instruction in which the student
will be exposed to such subjects as literature and citation search through indices,
planning and carrying out research procedures, research ethics, use of scientific
computer tools for statistical analysis, report construction and presentation.
Class hours coincide with the Colloquium times, and there will be no class on Colloquium days.

The course will proceed in relation with a project on a specific topic in physics or a closely related area. The course will expose students to research through projects that require no prior knowledge beyond the high school level.

Teaching goals include practicing critical thinking, analyzing cause and effect relationships, planning controlled experiments, as well as gaining familiarity with useful skills such as literature search and scientific document preparation.

**Homework:**

The project activity and classroom topics will generate regular assignments
aiming to provide sufficient practice of the tools thought during class.

**Attendance requirement**

If a student misses more than 6 hours of class, (s)he will need to compensate this
by completing assignments which will take much longer time to do, or the grade will be an F.

**Grading:**

The grading will be based on the progress of the student's research project,
which will be assessed regularly during the semester through the reports and
presentation material that will have to be prepared. Students will also be
graded on the presentation of their project at the end of the semester.

Homework performance and attendance will also affect the final grade.

Literature search homework | 10% | Due Wednesday, February 22 | |

Project proposal | 10% | Due Wednesday, March 1 | |

LaTex homework | 10% | Due Wednesday, March 15 | |

Project progress report | 10% | Due Wednesday, March 29 | |

Numerical modeling homework 1 | 10% | Due Wednesday, April 5 | |

Numerical modeling homework 2 | 10% | Due Wednesday, April 12 | |

Project report | 10% | Due Wednesday, April 26 | |

Project presentation material | 10% | Due Wednesday, May 3 | |

Project presentation | 20% | ||

Colloquium attendance (extra credit) | 10% | ||

Class attendance (extra credit) | 10% |

You can view your grades through the Stars system.

Course Schedule: | |||
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First meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 15:40 - 17:30 in EA-502
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Lectures: | Wednesdays | 15:40 - 17:30 | Room EA-502 |

Practice sessions: | Fridays | 8:40 - 10:30 | Room EB-102 |

Office Hours: | |||

Thursdays | 12:40 - 13:30 | Room SA-228 | |

All other times (if available - call 1316 to check) | Room SA-228 |

**There will be changes to this program, based on the Colloquium schedule.
Watch this web page for changes!**

Introduction, description of work to be carried out

[Discussion of possible project topics]

Week | Class discussion | Tasks/Assignments | Discussion of available personal and university resources
Literature search
Planning a project Hypothesis, analysis/experiment, evaluation | Class discussions on all of the project topics
Students come with printed material related to possible topics Selection of general area of the project Colloquium |
Literature search homework due
Introduction to LaTex
Tutorial Files The LaTex manual |
Project proposal due Colloquium Numerical modeling | LaTex homework due
Colloquium
Numerical modeling Research ethics | Project progress report due Scientific writing | Numerical modeling homework 1 due Colloquium | Numerical modeling homework 2 due
Presentation software
More advanced project opportunities in the department | Project report due Making effective oral presentations | Presentation material due
Improvements on presentation material Project Presentations | Project Presentations |