Physics 107

<div align="center">Syllabus for Physics 107 - Spring 2005 - Professor Derek Boyd
Light, Perception, Photography and Visual Phenomena Laboratory

Course description: PHYS 107 - Light, Perception, Photography and Visual Phenomena Laboratory. Two hours of laboratory per week. Credit cannot be used towards the minimum requirements for a major in physics or astronomy. PHYS 107 is the laboratory that accompanies PHYS 106. Laboratory experiments include geometrical optics (lenses, cameras, eye), optical instruments, photography, perception, color phenomena, and wave phenomena.

Corequisite: PHYS 106.

Required Text: Physics 107 Lab Manual

Meeting CORE requirements: Please note that you must also be enrolled in Physics 106 in order to receive credit for a CORE physical sciences laboratory course. This is important, so make sure that you are enrolled in both Physics 106 and Physics 107.

Instructor: Professor Derek Boyd. Dr. Boyd is a Professor of Physics. He usually can be found in his office (Room 1201L in the Institute for Reasearch in Electronics and Applied Physics).   Just give him a call at 55007 and set up a time to meet..

Phone: 301-405-5007

Teaching Assistants:

Section: Time:                                   Teacher:                             Room
0101       Mon 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm        McCann                                PHY 3214
0301       Tu 11:00 am - 12:50 pm        Boyd                                     PHY 3214
0401       Tu   1:00 pm - 2:50 pm          McCann                                PHY 3214
0501       Wed 11:00 am - 12:50 pm    Hsieh                                     PHY 3214
0601       Wed 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm        Hsieh                                     PHY 3214

- Prelabs are due when you walk into the lab.
- Quizzes can be answered as soon as you enter the lab and are due five minutes after the start of class.
- All lab reports are due at the end of class. It is required that you personally hand the report to your instructor before leaving the classroom. Your instructor will then check off your name so that in the unlikely event that your report is lost, we have a record that you turned it in. It is your duty to make sure that your instructor has checked off your name before leaving the classroom. Late lab reports will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Lab Write-Up
At the end of each lab period, each student must turn in a write-up of their lab work. The questions that you must answer are imbedded in the text that describes how the lab is to be done. Each of your answers must be written out in full sentences and be self-contained. It should not be necessary for the grader to refer to the lab manual in order to determine what it is you are trying to answer or explain. Answering a question with just a number or just "yes" or "no" is never enough to receive full credit. The text is broken up into topics, T1, T2, T3, etc. Be very careful, as you read the lab, that you find all the questions, and that you answer them fully, completely, and neatly. You should provide your own paper on which to write up the lab. Include the experiment number, date, and your lab partner's name on your write-up. For each lab, write a brief summary of what you think are the most important optical results you obtained as the final section of your lab report. Use proper grammar and spelling.

Grading: Prelab 2 points each - 20 points total

Quizzes: 2 points each - 18 points total

Lab reports:   The write-ups will be checked to see how much of the required work you have completed.   If you complete all the required work for all the experiments you will get an A for that write-up.   If more than 80% of the required work is completed you will get a B for that write-up.   If more than 60% is completed you will get a C for the write-up.   If less than 60% is completed you will get an F for that write-up.   This supercedes what is written in your manual.  

- Be sure to complete all eleven labs! Failure to complete a lab will decrease your final score by  one letter grade for each lab that you miss.   

General Advice
Don't forget that the prelab is due when you walk in the lab.
Classes at Maryland start right on the hour and students are expected to be in the lab when the period begins. Don't be late. You will need to complete your quiz in the first five minutes of class and then your instructor will say a little bit about the lab in the next five or ten minutes. If you miss the quiz and the introduction, then you may have to make up the lab. later
When you are working on an experiment, by all means have fun, but try to keep focused on your work. You have two hours to finish up and, although that leaves some time for playing and making mistakes, you'll find that it's not a lot of time.
Save all of your old prelabs, quizzes and lab reports until at least you have received your official grade in the class. Mistakes (missing scores) can happen, and the best defense is keeping your work.

Making up labs
If you miss a lab, you should try to make it up the same week by going to another section. It is up to the TA to admit you to the section, subject to the availability of space. If you cannot make up a lab in the same week, then you must schedule to make up the lab during one of the two scheduled make-up times (see schedule below).   You will have to provide documentary evidence supporting you reason for missing  the lab session.   Valid excuses are described in your manual.   If you miss one of the first 5 experiments, you must make it up during the first makeup week.

Important Dates

 Jan 24  First week of classes, no labs

Jan 31  Experiment I: Camera Obscura

Feb 7  Experiment II: Pinhole Camera

Feb 14  Experiment III: Light: Reflection, Mirrors and Images


Feb 21  Experiment IV: Light: Refraction

Feb 28  Experiment V: Images: Shaped Surfaces, Simple Lenses

Mar 7  Experiment VI: More Simple Lenses

Mar 14 Make-Up #1


Mar 21  Spring Break: No experiments scheduled

Mar 28  Experiment VII: The Camera and the Human Eye


Apr 4  Experiment VIII: Polarized Light


Apr 11  Experiment IX: Light: Interference


Apr 18  Experiment X: Light Diffraction


Apr 25  Experiment XI: Diffraction Gratings, Color, and Holography


May 2  Make-Up #2