1. Lab one, Tuesday 14 September, 2011.

  • Failing to attend labs will negatively affect your course grade and evaluation. Labs are an important (and I hope fun) part of the course. We will learn skills here that you won't get a chance to practice in homework or discuss much in class.

  • The lab participation portion of your evaluation will be based on the degree with which you engage the material and the level of cooperation with your lab partners. I'm not that interested in "right" answers. In fact, my aim will be to sometime give you puzzles that you hopefully won't get right away. You can learn from mistakes.

  • You won't always be following a strict recipe. Instead, you'll be led through some exercises, demonstrate some physical principles for yourself, and be asked to draw conclusions. I think this lab set-up is better than the more standard "cookbook" approach. However, it probably requires more active participation on the part of students.

  • Additionally, labs will give us an opportunity to try out some of the situations discussed in the textbook.

  • After completing the lab, your group should check in with me or one of the TAs. We will quickly look over your work and may ask you a few questions. There usually will not be anything to hand in.

  • Typical labs will be around 1.5 hours.

  • Sometime around week 7 there may be a "micro project" instead of a lab. This will be a group investigation of one of several energy-related things.