Physics 302: Atomic Physics Laboratory

Tuesday, 2:20-4:20 pm at API

Dr. Phil Womble

 Applied Physics Institute, 781 3859

Office Hours: TBD, API

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There is no text for this lab but I strongly one of these books to understand data analysis:

John R. Taylor, Introduction to Error Analysis, 2nd Edition, ISBN 0-935702-75-X, List Price $38

Philip R. Bevington, Data Reduction and Error Analysis, 3rd Edition, ISBN: 0072472278 , List Price $54

Most physics majors find Taylor's book to be the best buy

Lab Description

You will be preparing "photo ready" manuscripts suitable to publication to a major journal. All experimental reports must be written on a word processor prepared in accordance to one of the style manuals listed below. All graphs and tables that are a part of that report must be computer generated. Where it is appropriate, fitting functions to the data must be included, e.g. straight lines, Gaussians, exponentials, etc.

A bound notebook (not loose leaf or a box of cafeteria napkins) must be used for recording data and preliminary analysis. You must supply a 3.5” floppy disk for keeping data files and reports generated. The use of multiple disks for record-keeping is strongly discouraged. I do encourage a back-up or multiple back-ups of the data disk be made.

You would be wise to assume that you will have to perform some experiments MULTIPLE times

Your grade will be based on an average of the grades that you receive on the reports. For the first few experiments, I will return the lab reports after editorial and scientific comments, for corrections. Eventually, I will tell you when it is time to “solo”.

Plagiarism:

“ACADEMIC OFFENSES

“The maintenance of academic integrity is of fundamental importance to the University. Thus it should be clearly understood that acts of plagiarism or any other form of cheating will not be tolerated and that anyone committing such acts risks punishment of a serious nature.

“Academic Dishonesty: Students who commit any act of academic dishonesty may receive from the instructor a failing grade in that portion of the course work in which the act is detected or a failing grade in a course without possibility of withdrawal.

“The faculty member may also present the case to the Office of the Dean of Student Life for disciplinary sanctions. A student who believes a faculty member has dealt unfairly with him/her in a course involving academic dishonesty may seek relief through the Student Complaint Procedure.

“Plagiarism ? To represent written work taken from another source as one's own is plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious offense. The academic work of a student must be his/her own. One must give any author credit for source material borrowed from him/her. To lift content directly from a source without giving credit is a flagrant act. To present a borrowed passage without reference to the source after having changed a few words is also plagiarism.”

--WKU STUDENT HANDBOOK

The penalty for Plagiarism is an automatic “F”.

Also, I will report you to the Academic Council.

Style Manuals and Manuscript Preparation Guides

  • Society of Optical Engineer (SPIE) Photo-Ready Manuscript Style Manual
  • AIP Style Manual, 4th Edition
  • AIP Double Column Manuscript Style Example
  • Click here to download Double Column Template
  • Experiments

  • Introduction to Error Analysis
    1. Error Analysis and Curve Fitting Lecture
    2. Instructions for the First Experiment
    3. Click Here to Download File with 1000 datapoints
  • Error Analysis 2
  • Millikan Oil Drop Simulation
    1. Click Here to Download Zip File with Millikan Simulator
  • Photoelectric Effect
  • Charge to Mass Ratio for the Electron
  • X-ray Fluorescence
  • Compton Scattering
  • Beta Decay
  • Extra Information for the Compton and Beta Decay Experiments
  • Proposal Information

  • Click Here for Proposal Information
  • Schedule

    Date Experiment/Lecture Due Warnings
    August 26th Introduction None None
    September 2nd Introduction II Data Sort/Journal Search None
    September 9th Millikan Error Analysis None
    September 16th Experiment 1 Millikan None
    September 23th Experiment 2 Error Analysis Redux None
    September 30th Experiment 3 Experiment 1 None
    October 7th Experiment 4

    Proposals Due

    None
    October 14th Experiment 5 Experiment 2 None
    October 21st None Experiment 3 None
    October 28th None Experiment 4 4 Experiments Must Be Submitted
    November 4th None Experiment 5 6 Experiments Must Be Submitted
    November 11th None 7 Experiments 7 Experiments Must Be Submitted
    November 18nd None ALL

    ALL Experiments must be Submitted!

    November 25th None Project Reports Project Reports Due
    December 2th Seminar None None

    NO MORE THAN 2 EXPERIMENTS WILL BE GRADED IN THE PERIOD OF 11/4/2008to 11/18/2008.

    NO EXPERIMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 11/18/2008

    LATE EXPERIMENTS DECAY AT A RATE OF 1 LETTER GRADE / 3 DAYS.