PC237 Optics Laboratory

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Introduction

Evaluation Methods

In this lab, you are going to design an experiment to measure an optical property, such as: You're then going to test it and possibly refine it.

Week 1

In the lab: Optical effects exercise
For next week: Look up each term in question and write a description of what it means and a couple of sentences indicating the general principle for measuring it.
In the lab you will attempt to find equipment you can use for the purpose and try it out.

Week 2

Pick one of the properties, and examine the equipment in the lab to come up with an experiment for measuring it.
For next week: Write up a procedure for doing the experiment and bring it to the lab with you.

Week 3

Perform the experiment you devised for measuring it.
For next week: Write up a lab report for the experiment and bring it to the lab with you.

Week 4

Hand in lab report from last week.
Pick another one of the properties, and examine the equipment in the lab to come up with an experiment for measuring it.
For next week: Write up a procedure for doing the experiment and bring it to the lab with you.

Week 5

Perform the experiment you devised for measuring it.
For next week: Write up a lab report for the experiment and bring it to the lab with you.

Week 6

Hand in lab report from last week.
Figure out how to improve the first experiment you did.
For next week: Write up a procedure for doing the experiment and bring it to the lab with you.

Week 7

Perform the experiment you devised for measuring it.
For next week: Write up a lab report for the experiment and bring it to the lab with you. Be sure to discuss whether/how the improvements you proposed worked.

Week 8

Hand in lab report from last week.
Figure out how to improve the second experiment you did.
For next week: Write up a procedure for doing the experiment and bring it to the lab with you.

Week 9

Perform the experiment you devised for measuring it.
For next week: Write up a lab report for the experiment and bring it to the lab with you. Be sure to discuss whether/how the improvements you proposed worked.

Week 10

Hand in lab report from last week.

Week 11

Week 12

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