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Physics studio 2015

The Physics Studio is a new platform for undergraduate students undertaking the Lab 1 course (PHY 200). The idea of the studio is to allow you to design and initiate new lab projects, all based on basic physics. This will help unleash your inner creativity!

Here are stories from the Physics 2015 Studio that were presented in Physlab's Third Open House on 16 December 2015.

How does the Physics Studio work? The participants will present an idea of their own or simply choose from the ones given below. Participants, while working in groups of three on each project, will be expected to run through the complete cycle of: (a) developing the idea, (b) designing, building and assembling the equipment, (c) performing the experiment and (d) presenting their work. The projects will culminate in the form of an exhibition that will be open to the SSE at large.

What seems exciting is that the best experiments can be integrated into the Lab 1 course in subsequent years with you authoring the lab manuals. We've also seen that many a time, these lab projects will evolve into more exciting and challenging endevaours, and sometimes new research directions open up.

Here are some matters you might be interested in knowing about.

  • The ideas and physics involved behind the experiments will be of a basic level, and largely an extension or supplement to existing experiments in PHY 100.
  • The participating students will be fully assisted by the Lab Instructors and Dr. Sabieh Anwar. They will be fully provided with all the resources possible.
  • Students will work in groups of three.
  • The studio will start from the week of 26 October and will continue till the end of the semester.
  • Students taking part in these projects will not be required to take part in Lab 1 experiments and will be graded with regards to their performance in these projects. Grading will be done on a weekly basis.
  • Students will be given access to the laboratory from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm for the duration of the semester. There will be no access over the weekends.

If you are interested, please click here for registration. The deadline to register is Friday, 23 Octpber, 5 pm. Decisions about selected students will be communicated by Sunday, 25 October 5 pm.

  • Idea Experiments. These are food for thought ideas - they will help you design your experiments. Best of luck. Also see sample projects given below.
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