Contact Information

Instructor:Jim Crumley
Office: 107 Peter Engel Science Center
Phone: 363–3183

Course Information

Lab: 1:00-5:00 Day 5
Room: 167 Peter Engel Science Center
Web Site:


A lab assignment and three experiments will be completed by each lab group during the semester. The experiments will be graded based on your lab notebooks. As well as recording your data and doing the necessary calculations, be sure to answer all of the questions from the lab in your notebook. The final project for this course is a formal written lab report. These final written lab reports will be written in the form of journal article. You will assigned which lab you are to do for your final report during class cycle 8.

Course Schedule

Roughly half of the time there will be a lecture at 2:30 introducing the concepts behind a lab and tools needed for a lab. For completing the labs themselves, you are free to work when you like as long turn the assignments in on time, though it is recommended that you do at least some of your work during the scheduled lab periods. Note that points will be deducted for late assignments. also, note in the schedule below that it is suggested that you have one lab done by cycle 7, but that you must have two done by cycle 9.

Cycle DateLecture Due
1 F 1/20Introduction
2M 1/30Rocket Lab
3 T 2/07Magnetopause LabUnix Tutorial
4W 2/15Mathematica Assignment
5 R 2/23
6 F 3/10Franck–Hertz
7M 3/201 of 3 labs (suggested)
8 T 3/28Formal Lab Report
9W 4/052 of 3 labs
10M 4/18
11W 4/26Draft of formal report
12 R 5/05Drafts returned 3 of 3 labs
FW F 5/12Formal report


The grade for this class will be based roughly 25 % on the formal written lab report and 75 % on the lab notebooks.