Review Comment

Introduction to Experimental Physics

December 17, 2007

Carlo, Jeremy (TA)
Introduction to Experimental Physics

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Jeremy was a very very nice guy who was extremely accomodating. Here's the thing - he really didn't impart any great knowledge on you.

The TA's did 95% of the work as far as I could tell from grading to managing the labs. Carlo would stop in every now and then to check on how things were going which was nice but he never had any significant purpose.

Go to class the first 3 or 4 sessions. They are the most essential because you get assigned a lab, get your book etc. After that he goes over the labs and you can read about those on the website or if you download the PDF file for the Experimental Physics course.

He's a funny guy and if you bother going to lecture (only about 1/8 of the class was going last time I checked) you may hear some funny jokes, corny yet great lines and you'll hear a fair bit about the people in the physics department and Jeremy's past mentors. Its good times but not essential to go.

Here's a suggestion - Bring a laptop to labs. They are theoretically 3 hours long but most labs take only 1-2 hours tops. Recording the data on your laptop right then and there also allows you to plot your data and see if you're anywhere close to the error/shape of the data distribution that you should be at.

Workload:

Light. Maybe 3-5 hours right before the lab filling out the analysis sections of the Lab Book and putting the results into your lab report. Grading is fair if you're on good terms with your TA. 10 Labs. 2 official absences allowed.
Don't bother trying to use them tho.

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