Contact Information

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

Course Information

Lab: 1:00-5:00 Day 4/5
Room: 167/110/112/146 Peter Engel Science Center
Web Site:


A lab assignment and three experiments will be completed by each lab group during the semester. All groups will be doing the Rocket and Magnetopause experiments, and either the Franck-Hertz or torsion pendulum experiment. 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 poster presentation.

Course Schedule

Roughly half of the time there will be a lecture at 1:00 pm introducing the concepts behind a lab and tools needed for a lab. For completing the experiments, you are free to work when you like as long turn the assignments in on time, though I recommend 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 the due dates for labs in the schedule below.

Cycle DateLecture Due
1M–T 9/03–04Introduction / Unix Tutorial
2T–W 9/11–12Rocket Lab Unix Tutorial
3W–R 9/19–20Magnetopause Lab
4F–M 9/28–01Franck-Hertz
5M–T 10/08–09Torsion Pendulum
6 R–F 10/18–19
7F–M 10/26–291st of 3 labs
8M–T 11/05–06
9T–W 11/13–14
10M–T 11/26–27Introduction to Posters 2nd of 3 labs
11T–W 12/04–05Poster Presentations
12W–R 12/12–13
FW M 12/173rd of 3 labs


The grade for this class will be based 20 % on the poster presentation report and 80 % on the lab notebooks.