|PHYS 124 - Freshman Project|
|Office:||Room SA-228||Phone 1316|
|Office Hours:||Thursdays||12:40 - 13:30||Room SA-228|
|All other times||(if available -|
call 1316 to check)
|Assistant:||Mahsa Seyedmohammadzadeh||Room SA-203|
About the course:
This course intends to impart to the student, knowledge and capabilities associated with basic research methods and tools needed to carry out research 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.
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|
|Project progress report||10%||Due|
|Numerical modeling homework 1||10%||Due|
|Numerical modeling homework 2||10%||Due|
|Project report||10%||Due Thursday May2|
|Project presentation material||10%||Due|
|Colloquium attendance (extra credit)||10%|
|Class attendance (extra credit)||10%|
You can view your grades through the Stars system.
|First meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 15:40 - 17:30 in SA-Z19|
|Lectures:||Wednesdays||15:40 - 17:30||Room SA-Z19|
|Practice sessions:||Fridays||8:40 - 10:30||Room B-???|
|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!
|Week||Class discussion||Tasks/Assignments||Lab work (Friday Morning)Faculty Seminar Introduction, description of work to be carried out||Discussion of available personal and university resources
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
The LaTex manual
|Project proposal due Colloquium||Latex and Gnuplot applications Latex Colloquium||LaTex homework due Numerical modeling||Project progress report due||Numerical modeling applications Colloquium||Numerical modeling exercise Research ethics||Numerical modeling homework 1 due||Numerical modeling exercise
|Numerical modeling homework 2 due Holiday||Project report due (on Thursday) Colloquium||Presentation material due
Improvements on presentation material Colloquium
|Project Presentations||Project Presentations|