Busy, Busy, Busy


9:00-10:15 am Grade exams from last week.

10:15-10:30 am Prepare for lecture

10:30-11:35 am Lecture about magnetic field of current loop, in-class activity on field of solenoid

11:35-12:45 pm Gasp, pant, eat lunch.

12:45-2:45 pm Tweak up apparatus for laser spectroscopy of rubidium lab

3:00-5:00 pm Test and set up lab on finding Earth's magnetic field

5:30 pm Go home and collapse.


9:00-10:00 am Run errands (bank, drugstore, etc.)

10:00-11:00 am Tweak up rubidium spectroscopy lab, fix balky laser

11:00-11:45 am Meet with student about last week's lab.

12:00-12:30 pm Lunch with other faculty

12:50-1:45 pm Deal with various crises in email

1:55-2:30 pm Lecture about rubidium hyperfine structure

2:30-5:00 pm Lab on laser spectroscopy of rubidium

evening Write lecture for Wednesday


9:00-10:30 am Polish lecture for 10:30 class, download electronic lab reports

10:30-11:30 am Widly discursive lecture about magnetic dipoles, atoms, permanent magnets.

11:30-12:30 pm Eat lunch, deal with email crises.

12:30-2:45 pm Grade electronic lab reports (13 of 16)

3:00-4:10 pm Department meeting

4:15-4:45 pm Informational meeting about Watson Fellowship program, agree to be on Watson committee

5:00-6:00 pm Assist with student housing lottery

6:30-8:30 pm SPS showing of Absolute Zero, plus dinner and discussion


8:00-8:30 am Bike to work

8:30-9:00 pm Reconstruct lab on measuring Earth's magnetic field

9:00-10:45 am Lab on measuring Earth's magnetic field

10:45-12:30 pm Check on balky laser for rubdium spectroscopy lab, grade last electronic lab reports

12:40-1:50 pm Lunchtime colloquium about rubber

1:55-4:30 pm Lab on laser spectroscopy of rubidium

5:00-5:30 pm Bike home.

evening Write lecture for Friday


9:00-10:30 am Review, prep lecture

10:30-11:35 am Lecture about electric circuits

11:45-1:30 pm Pick-up basketball

1:30-5:00 pm Grade papers, write Monday's lecture, answer questions about labs and homeowork

5:00-6:00 pm Faculty Social Hour



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On Wednesdays, you give a lecture in Polish?

Sorry, I can never resist that particular heteronym.

You are ripping right along in that course. You do E and then B and only later get around to circuits?

What class is the laser spectroscopy lab for? That is a really nice touch for a modern or QM class. What does the equipment cost for that?

By CCPhysicist (not verified) on 24 Apr 2008 #permalink

Say, when do you do your blog posts? That nice one on quantum computing surely took up more than just the "email crises" time. I assume it's during your downtime at Chateau Steelypips. Once Futurebaby pops out, I expect that the frequency of such posts will (understandably) diminish. I just want to say thanks for that fine post and other physics posts; I've learned a great deal.