The course web page, http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~dodds/phys332.html, contains extensive resources for all the required exercises.
Apparatus for all the exercises will be available in Brockman Hall room 120. You may obtain the door code from Dr. Dodds in HRZ 215. The building is accessible outside of normal hours with a Rice ID through the doors in the breezeway.
The write-ups for all the experiments are available in pdf format at www.owlnet.rice.edu/~dodds/phys332.html. In some cases significant modifications have been made since the previous editions.
- Due Dates, Fall 2017
Early submissions are always welcome, while late work will be
penalized at the rate of 0.20 grade-point per day late. Reports will
not be accepted more than 10 days after the due date or the end of
finals, whichever is earlier. All four reports must be completed in
order to pass the course.
- First Report: 5:00 PM Thursday September 14, 2017
- Second Report: 5:00 PM Wednesday October 11, 2017
- Third Report: 5:00 PM Monday November 6, 2017
- Fourth Report: 5:00 PM Tuesday December 5, 2017
- Course Policies
- You may work with a partner if you wish, but it is not required. In any case, each student is expected to be familiar with all phases of the experiment and to produce an independent report of the results.
- The experimental work is semi-self-paced, but you must read the safety notes below before beginning experimental work. Reviewing the experimental set up with the instructor will save you the time and wasted effort otherwise spent chasing parts or malfunctions. In the event that problems arise in the course of your work, get help from the instructor. You are not expected to solve all possible problems on your own.
- The deadlines define a minimum pace for successful completion of the course. Note that the amount of equipment is limited, so it will be impossible for all students to do an experiment immediately before a deadline.
- Your grade in this course will be based solely on four formal technical reports, one for each experiment. At the standard rate of 3 hours per week in lab per credit-hour this implies that each project should represent a minimum of 20 hours of productive time spread over about 3 weeks.
- Available Experiments
- Measurement of the Gravitational Constant
- A Study of Diffusion by Light Scattering
- Electron Spin Resonance
- Diffraction and Fourier Optics
- The Franck-Hertz Experiment
- Lifetime of the Muon
- Rutherford Scattering
- Spectroscopy of Hydrogen Isotopes
- Measurement of Superconductor Tc
- Topical Notes
- Safety Notes
- Operation of NIM modules
- Notes on Fourier Transforms
- Preparing Reports
- Notes on Writing Technical Reports
- A Good Example
- A Bad Example
- A Journal Article
Updated July 29, 2017
- Auxiliary Materials
- CO spectrum 0-1 (Matlab text file)
- Mercury vapor pressure (Excel)