
Physics 251
Fall 2023

Course Materials:

Week 1:
8/3031
Introduction to Error Analysis
Physics 251 syllabus
Overhead slides for week 1
Error analysis handout
Due week 2 (in lab): "prelab" exercises on error analysis

Week 2:
9/67
Python and LaTex tutorials
Python
Google Colaboratory (free, Google account required) YouTube: Intro to Colaboratory (3 min.)
Basic plotting in Python with Colaboratory [pdf]
LaTex
Overleaf: online LaTex editor/compiler (free, registration required)
Overhead slides: Lab Report Guidelines
Lab Report Template [zip folder] [pdf] [pdf of tex file] [tex]
Lab report examples: Electron Diffraction, Fall 2019 Thévenin resistance, Spring 2008
Additional LaTex example [zip folder] [pdf of tex file] [pdf]

Week 3:
9/1314
Experiment 1: Optical Interferometry, week 1
Instructions: Optical Interferometry
Due week 3 (in lab): "prelab" exercises on optical interferometry
Overhead slides: Lab book guidelines
Lab book example (from Mikhailov Lab)
Optional: Tutorial on the "rubber ruler" paradox (LIGO interferometer) [PDF].

Week 4:
9/2021
Experiment 1: Optical Interferometry, week 2
Lab Report Guidelines
Example Lab Report
Modeling data: Least squares fitting to a straight line

Week 5:
9/2728
Experiment 2: Blackbody Radiation, week 1
Instructions: Blackbody Radiation
Video: 4point resistance measurement
Overhead slides: Intro to blackbody radiation
Due week 5 on Tuesday, Sept. 26 on Gradescope: "prelab" exercise on blackbody radiation

Week 6:
10/45
Experiment 2: Blackbody Radiation, week 2
Python: NonLinear Least Squares Fits and Log Plots [PDF] [Colab Notebook Link]

Week 7:
10/11
Catchup Week & Fall Break

Week 8:
10/1819
Experiments 3: Faraday Rotation, week 1
Instructions: Faraday Rotation
Due week 8 on Tuesday, Oct. 17 on Gradescope: "prelab" on Faraday rotation
Overhead slides: Oscilloscope Basics

Week 9:
10/2526
Experiments 3: Faraday Rotation, week 2
Overhead slides: Propagation of errors with covariance (and without derivatives)

Week 10:
11/12
Experiment 4: 1γ Interference, week 1
Instructions: 1γ Interference
Due on Tuesday, Oct. 31 on Gradescope: "prelab" on 1γ Interference
Python: Importing Data and Advanced Sinusoid Fits [PDF] [Colab Notebook Link]

Week 11:
11/89
Experiments 4: 1γ Interference, week 2

Week 12: 11/1516
Experiment 5: Superconductivity
Instructions: Superconductivity

Week 13: 11/2223
Thanksgiving Break: No Lab

Week 14: 11/2930
Special Project: Atomic Spectroscopy, week 1
Special Project Instructions: Atomic Spectroscopy
Lamp spectra
II_Spectrum.csv
III_Spectrum.csv IV_Spectrum.csv
V_Spectrum.csv
VI_Spectrum.csv
VII_Spectrum.csv
VIII_Spectrum.csv
IX_Spectrum.csv
NIST spectroscopy databases
NIST: Basic Atomic Spectroscopic Data
NIST: Atomic Spectra Database
Extended/Video Report is due on December 18 (on Gradescope)
Guidelines for Extended Report and Video Report

Week 15: 12/77
Special Project: Atomic Spectroscopy, week 2

