What Makes Things Tick? aims to teach you important skills in experimental design, data taking, analysis, and communication of results by focusing on oscillations of mechanical and electrical systems. You have already been introduced to oscillatory systems in Physics 24 and one or more mathematics classes. In this course, we aim for you to deepen your understanding of both the physics and the mathematics of these systems through experimentation and the elaboration of appropriate theory. Rather than asking you to perform specific experiments, or following specific procedures, we will ask you to propose the questions you wish to answer and the experiments you wish to perform to answer those questions.
The first four laboratory sessions will introduce you to both electrical and mechanical systems and the equipment available for conducting follow-up experiments. After the first four weeks, you will propose the work you plan to conduct in each subsequent week and afterwards will summarize your findings. During the three hours you have in lab, you will need to take detailed notes of your observations, thoughts, and analysis in your lab notebook or in an electronic notebook on this wiki, which will periodically be graded by your instructor. Roughly two-thirds through the semester you will propose a final project, to be conducted and written up formally in the final third of the semester. See the Schedule page for more details.
|35%||Lab notebook(s) and conferences|
|15%||Execution of the Project|
|30%||Formal Paper Summarizing the Project|