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Announcements:

This year's final and some of the solutions have been posted.
 
A summary of the cryogenic and vacuum lectures has been posted.
 
Office hours for Prof. Mans during Final week are 2:15-4:00 MTW.
 
Rules and suggestions regarding the final project report, the poster session and lab cleanup can be found here.
 
Last year's final  and solutions have been posted.
 
Tables for the vacuum lectures have been posted.
 
Suggested homework for the cryogenics lectures has been posted here.
 
Home work regarding the photon lectures can be found here.  It is optional, but suggested as a study guide for the final (hint, hint).
The solutions can be found here but it is strongly suggested that you make a serious attempt on the homework without referring to the solutions beforehand.
 
The project web sites have finally been set up.  Instructions on how to use them can be found here.
 
The dates for the initial student presentations have been posted on the project page.  Since your (PowerPoint) presentation should be about 12 minutes long (plus 3 minutes for audience questions) do not show more than 12 slides.

Here are some suggestions for your presentation:
The first slide should state the project title, the name of the presenter and, if applicable, the project partner's name and project advisor.  If it is the continuation of a previous project, the previous students should also be mentioned.

The other slides should address the following topics:
WHY: Why did you select this project, i.e., what are its applications, what do find interesting or fascinating about it?  In other words, explain (motivate) your audience why they should find it interesting or useful.  Keep this very brief.  Avoid over-inflating the meaning of your project; let the audience judge whether or not if this will solve all the world's problems.
WHAT and HOW: What physical properties will you observe and how are you going to do so?  After having become familiar with your project it may seem obvious to you what you will be observing.  To the audience, who is hearing this for the first time, the particular physical property may have very little meaning.  So if you are unable to explain to your audience what you are going to observe than the theory following this, will be most likely lost on them too.
THEORY:  Show only the relevant equations (and related graphs) that govern your experiment.  Warning: though you should be able to derive these equation (in case someone asks you), in your presentation do NOT derive them!  (Deriving equations is very time consuming and you will not have the time to do so.)  Instead explain the equations' implications for your experiment, i.e., which are the dependent and the independent variables and how do you intend to use them to analyze your results.
EXPERIMENTAL SETUP:  Explain the overall setup; spend some extra time on the (relevant) components that are unfamiliar to the audience.  Briefly, list or explain some of the potential sources of trouble for your experiment and how you plan to deal with them.
From this it should follow that about half the slides will cover theory and the other half the experimental setup.

 

A sample proposal can be found here.
 
A list of student projects can be found here.
 
The revised version of the Half-Life of Polonium Experiment can be downloaded here.
 
Suggestions and rules for the lab reports for the experiments can be found here.

 

The first lab sessions, Lab Sections 2 and 3, will be held Tuesday, January 16.

 

Project Proposal outlines and Letter of Intent (LOI) Forms can be downloaded here as a PDF file.

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