The aims of the Physics Laboratory:
- broadening the students’ knowledge on physics, especially its fundamental rules,
- learning the main experimental techniques, operation different measuring devices and results evaluation of the experiments (uncertainty evaluation, graphical analysis, etc.)
Organization of the work in the Laboratory
- All information concerning the rules and organization of the work, instruction manuals for experiments and evaluation of the uncertainties and the time tables can be found on the home page of the Laboratory: labfiz1p.if.pw.edu.pl.
- The teams performing the experiments can count two or three students. The division of the students’ group into teams is made during the first meeting in the Laboratory.
- The allocation of the student to another group can be done only with the approval of the Laboratory Manager.
- Only the registered students can participate in the Physics Laboratory.
- For the second meeting students should prepare portfolio (1 per team). The portfolio should be signed according to the template shown in the laboratory showcase.
- The timetable of the exercises for each group is presented in the laboratory showcase and on the laboratory web page.
- Before the exercise each student should prepare the protocol in form of squared paper (A3 size) with the laboratory stamp completely filled. All the measurement results should be written in the protocol. The additional pages of the final report should be enclosed in the protocol. The protocol must be readable and the results must be written using the ballpoint pen or pen.
- The student writes the final report individually and takes responsibility for its content.
- After the checking the laboratory setup by the tutor, students make measurements according to the instruction given by the tutor or according to information presented on the information plates.
- During the exercise students must regard safety regulations and all recommendations contained in the instruction manuals. In any doubt please ask tutor for help.
- The protocol should be checked and signed by the tutor. The protocol without tutor’s signature is invalid.
- The final report (containing the protocol) should be prepared for the next consecutive exercise. Lack of the final report causes reduction of the grade by 2 points for each week of delay (the lowest grade is zero points).
- Before the final report preparation, the student has the right to consult and explain doubts during the tutor’s consultation.
- There is no possibility to correct final report.
- All the final reports are kept in the Laboratory until the last day of the actual semester.
Laboratory exercise grading
- The exercise grade is the number of points from the interval 0 to 11 points.
- The exercise grade (excluding the exercise 1) is the sum of the grade of the preliminary test and the grade of the final report. All grades are written on the protocol.
- The exercise starts with the preliminary test (written or oral) which concerns the knowledge of physical phenomena and the methods applied in the measurements procedure.
- The preliminary test is graded on the scale 0 - 5 points, but the grade 0 forecloses the possibility for the student to take part in the exercise.
- The student with the grade 0 points from the preliminary test can pass the test for the second time before the end of the exercise, but does not perform the exercise and does not write the final report.
- Exercise number 1 has no preliminary test.
- There is no option to correct the grade of the preliminary test.
- The tutor has right to evaluate student’s commitment in the laboratory work during the exercise. In the case of gross negligence or failure, the tutor can reduce the final grade what must be noted on the protocol.
- The final report is graded on the scale 0 to 6 points.
- The final report should contain:
- Introduction: the aim of the experiment, fundamental relations, laboratory setup scheme, all the parameters of the measuring devices, all relevant information concerning measurement procedure.
- Properly made graphs (if should be).
- Evaluation of results (with intermediate calculations), proper units, adequate presentation of the results, which enable its discussion and comparison with the theoretical values.
- Evaluation of the uncertainties, proper reporting of the results.
- Conclusions based on the analysis of the results and uncertainties.
- The final report should be written “reader friendly”. It means that the reader, without any excessive efforts, should know what was done and what the results are.
- The tutors check originality of final reports. When the student files a report written in part or in whole by someone else (plagiarism), the report will be graded on zero points and the student can be struck off the students list.
- Lack of the final report means grade zero from the given exercise.
- The final report without the measurement results and without the evaluation of the uncertainties will be graded on zero points.
- To pass the laboratory, the student must collect minimum 51% of the maximal number of points to obtain.
- When the program of the laboratory includes test concerning the methods of the uncertainties evaluation, this test is graded on the scale 0 to 11 points.
- All exercises are obligatory. One excused absence (illness, etc.) on the exercise enables to perform this exercise in the additional term, but the student must have permission from Laboratory Manager. Non-excused absence causes that student gets the grade 0 for this exercise, without any possibilities to correct this grade.
- All final reports must be written in the seven days deadline from the last exercise.
- In all other cases not covered by these rules, the decision is made by the tutor in consultation with Laboratory Manager.