PHYSICS P109: Introductory Acoustic Laboratory
Introductory Acoustic Laboratory can be taken concurrent to P105:
Basic Physics of Sound. It is intended to enhance understanding of
"the physics of sound" through hand on experiments.
This course also satisfies the requirement of General Science Education.
Indiana University Department of Physics
Fall Semester, 2012
|Assistant Instructor: Patrick McChesney
PMCCHESN at indiana.edu
Office Hours: W 11:00 am -- 1:00 pm (SW166)
|Instructor: Prof. S.Y. Lee
Swain West 205
shylee at indiana.edu
Office Hours: M 11:00 am -- 1:00 pm (SW205)
To study sound and the various electronic circuits, we introduce
the use of instruments such as oscilloscopes,
function generators, frequency counters, Fourier synthesizers,
low/high pass filter, band-pass filters, and computer based digital signal
- Class Administration:
All course administrative matters are handled through the
Physics Academic Services Office in Swain West 132.
Their phone is 855-3973 and their office hours are
9-11:55 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. daily.
- Lab Manual:
The P109 manual will be available at TIS Bookstore, UNION, and
(See Add_orders.txt for additional
information in case your bookstore does not have a copy).
The Lab Manual is also available online (see the syllabus link above).
You have to print the lab manual and bring it to your lab.
A few introductory textbooks such as
will be available in SW166.
- "Introduction to Sound" by Charles E. Speaks (3rd edition).
- "The science of sound" by Thomas D. Rossing
Class will meet in Swain West 166 (unless otherwise noted) on:
- Wed 1:25PM - 4:25PM (Sect. 20265),
P109 2012 syllabus
See web-page link at top.
- Class Format:
Hands-on experiments with short write-ups done in the lab.
Pre-labs and post-labs reports are required.
The labs meet for up to 3
hours (2.5-3 hours on the average), and the goal is to set-up experiments,
carry them out, and produce a lab report by the end of the period. We will
first briefly review the important points about that week's lab. All the
equipment will be provided, but you will set up the experiment yourself. You
should carefully collect notes on what you do (including making diagrams
showing the set-up, data tables and graphs) as you do each part. The lab report
will consist of your notes in addition to answering all the questions that you
find in the manual and a brief conclusion about what you learned.
There is no exam in this class. Class grade is determined by your Lab reports
and prelab reports
- Schedule Changes:
The last day to drop the course with an automatic grade of W is
October 24, 2012.
A calculator with trig functions is required in the labs.
- Final Grade:
The most important goal of the lab is to give you experience with sound.
Since you can't get the experience if you aren't in lab,
missing labs will hurt your lab grade.
There are no make-up labs in P109 (the equipment is taken down
at the end of each week and new equipment is set up).
To allow for such problems as illness, family emergencies,
job interviews, etc., you can miss one lab during the semester
without penalty, for any reason.
The course grade will be based on the prelabs, your
lab reports and Lab participation. Each lab (including prelab and lab report)
will be worth a maximum of 10 points.
The final Lab grade is based on the prelabs (40%),
your participation in the labs (10%), and your lab reports (50%).