Contact Information

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

Course Information

Lab: 2:30–6:30 Day 4, 1:00–5:00 Day 5
Room: 173/110/112/146/319 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 coupled pendulum, speed of sound, 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 formal lab report about one of your labs.

Course Schedule

Roughly half of the time there will be a lecture at 1:00 pm (or 2:30 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
1 R–F 1/14–15Introduction / Unix Tutorial
2F–M 1/22–25Rocket Lab Unix Tutorial
3M–T 2/01–02Magnetopause Lab
4T–W 2/09–10Torsion Pendulum & Speed of Sound labs
5W–R 2/17–18Coupled Pendulum
6 R–F 2/25–26
7F–M 3/12–151st of 3 labs
8M–T 3/22–23A few word on Formal Lab Reports
9T–W 3/30–312nd of 3 labs
10M–T 4/12–13
11T–W 4/20–21Draft of Formal Report
12 R–F 4/29–30Drafts returned 3rd of 3 labs
FW F 5/07Formal Report


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