Bilkent University     Department of Physics

PHYS 124 - Freshman Project

Semester:Spring 2017
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.

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.

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:
First meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 15:40 - 17:30 in EA-502
Lectures:Wednesdays 15:40 - 17:30Room EA-502
Practice sessions:Fridays 8:40 - 10:30Room EB-102
Office Hours:
Thursdays12:40 - 13:30Room 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

Gnuplot information

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