PHYS 505 EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS PHYS 405
Semester: Spring 2020
Instructor: Ali Serpengüzel | SCI 119 | TBA
Lectures: KUSIS | TBA
Laboratory Coordinator: Nazmi Yılmaz | SCI 136 | TBA
Laboratory: SCI Z34 | TBA
Problem Session: SCI Z34 | TBA
Assistants: GSSE | TBA | TBA
Science Librarian: Ebru Çınar | LIB 222 | TBA
Course Subjects: Introduction / Orientation | RC / Filter | Diode / Rectifier | BJT / Amplifier | FET / Switch | Differential Amplifier | Operational Amplifier | Comparator / Oscillator | ADC / DAC | Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) | Radio Frequency (RF) in Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) | X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) | Gamma Ray Spectroscopy (GRS) | Conclusions / Summary
Course Description: Selected experiments in physics: single component and integrated solid state electronic device characteristics and applications in electronic circuits. Use of coherent and incoherent electromagnetic waves in modern physics experiments and contemporary technology applications with transmission, absorption, diffraction, and spectroscopic measurements. Laboratory technique, data recording and analysis, communication of results through written and oral reports.
Course Objective: The objective of this course is to teach the importance of experimental physical knowledge as well as the experimental know how that goes along with it. Experimental physics lies at the very foundation of physical phenomena and every student of physics should master it before graduation. An introduction is given to experimental methods, data acquisition, analysis, as well as written and oral presentation.
Learning Outcomes: The students are expected to learn how to setup experiments, how to record reliable data, analyze their measurements, discuss their results and present their written reports in an intelligible way. They will also learn how to make effective presentations by presenting a topic of their choice on a related topic. They will gain experience in analog discrete and integrated electronic devices as well as modern physics experiments.
Teaching Method: There are two weekly face to face meetings. There are presentations and demonstrations. There is a problem session and a labor session every week.
Attendance: All students are required to attend classes, laboratory experiments, and problem sessions. Even a university approved Medical Excused Absence or Dean of Student’s Excused Absence doesn’t relieve you of this attendance requirement. Students who miss more than 1/3 of the classes (excused or unexcused) might receive an automatic F irrespective of their course average.
Labor Session: Come to the laboratory on time. You may not enter the labor session, if you are more than 15 minutes late. If you miss a laboratory experiment without an official excuse, your grade will be zero for that experiment. Come to the laboratory prepared. You should be familiar with the experiment, before you come to the laboratory. Complete the necessary preliminary work, before you come to the laboratory.
Grading policy: two midterm exams (25 % each), laboratory reports (25%), and presentation on a selected topic (25%). The dates of the exams will be announced later. Makeup exams are very reluctantly given only with a university approved medical excuse, and if given, will always be harder then the original exams. Do not plan to take makeups.
Grading policy for the laboratory: careful laboratory practice (5%), careful laboratory notebook keeping (10%), complete laboratory final report (10%). 10 steps to successful reports are given here. You will submit a final report for each experiment. You must complete this final report during the laboratory session.
Grading policy for the presentation: careful literature search (5%), excellent presentation (10%), completely being able to answer questions (10%). 10 steps to successful presentations are given here. You will submit a final report for your presentation. You must complete this final report by the end of the term. There will be an instant 100% reduction for late final reports, i.e., late final reports will not be accepted.
Hands-On Electronics, Daniel Kaplan and Christopher White, Cambridge University Press, UK (2003).
Physical Foundations of Solid State Devices, Fred Schubert (2005).
The Scientist and Engineer’s Guide to Digital Signal Processing, Steven Smith (1997).
The Art of Electronics, Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill, Cambridge University Press, UK (1989).
Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices, 2nd Edition, Safa Kasap, McGraw-Hill, NY (2002).
Schaum’s Outline of Electronics Devices and Circuits, 2. Edition, Jimmie Cathey, McGraw-Hill (2002).
Schaum’s Outline of Modern Physics, 2. Edition, Ronald Gautreau, McGraw-Hill (1999).
Laboratory NoteBook: is available at the bookstore. Every student should have one square ruled A4 size laboratory notebook. Bring your laboratory notebook to all the laboratory sessions. Students without a laboratory notebook will not be admitted to the laboratory. You will record with a pen (not a pencil) the schematics, the relevant parameters, your measurements in your laboratory notebook. You will have to date all the pages in the lab notebook during that particular experiment. After the experiment the used pages will be signed by you and the laboratory instructor.
Student Code of Conduct: Students should be familiar with the Koç University Student Code of Contact.