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Information about the final presentations and paper project are found below.

General information

The final consists of a written 5-10 page paper and a 30-40 minute presentation to be completed by each group. We expect the paper and presentations to clearly describe the background, theory, methods, and results of the experiment. Remember experiments do not always work as expected and often times it is the failures that are turn out to be most interesting. Therefore we are interested in learning about all aspects of the experiments performed; essentially what ''worked'' and what ''did not work''.


Presentations will be given by each group on the dates assigned above. Presentations should be collaborative in that each group member will actively participate in presenting one section of the presentation. Below are some specifics points concerning the presentations

  • In most cases please include pictures and drawings of apparatus, experiment, measurement, etc.
  • Remember that most often data points are measurements of measurement. Show the primary data before showing the secondary data. As an example, if measuring the wavelength of a oscillating signal at different control values show first the time series of the signal for one control parameter. Then clearly identify the measure to be made, for instance an arrow showing the wavelength explicitly. Then finally show how this wavelength varies with control parameter.
  • All labs contained an imaging component. Please show a few relevant videos to illustrate phenomena and highlight features of interest.
  • All graphs must be labeled.
  • Symbols should be introduced before used.

2011 presentations

2010 presentations


The paper portion of the final project should consist of a 5-10 page journal style article describing the laboratory experiment performed. The paper will be written in the style of the journal Chaos . We expect this article to be formatted in the style of the journal using Latex. Free latex editors can be found easily for any platform with a google search and the latex package will need to be installed. Latex installations for various platforms and information can be found here.

For more information about the latex markup language see the following sources.

Below is skeleton source code for a Chaos formatted journal article and bibliography library. If your latex installation is set up correctly this will compile without error. To compile with references you can either use the built in method in Texmaker to generate a pdf file, or run the following code from the command line in the files current directory. To create a .dvi file replace pdflatex with latex.

<source lang="latex"> >pdflatex test >bibtex test >pdflatex test >pdflatex test </source>

File: Test.tex <source lang="latex">

\documentclass[twocolumn,aip,cha]{revtex4-1} \usepackage{graphicx}% Include figure files

\begin{document} \title{Your title} \author{Me} \affiliation{School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332, USA} \author{You} \affiliation{School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332, USA} \author{Him} \affiliation{School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332, USA} \author{Her} \affiliation{School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332, USA} \date{\today}


This is an abstract




Here is intro text

% comments are begun with a percent sign (%) % Below is the code for a figure. Commented out initially so you can compile this skeleton code without a Fig.jpg

%\begin{figure}[t] %\begin{centering} %\includegraphics[scale=1]{Fig.jpg} % %\caption{Here is a figure and caption} % %\end{centering} %\end{figure}




Here I will cite myself \cite{gravish2010force}.


% Make the bibliography from filename Test.bib placed in same directory as Test.tex \bibliography{Test}{}

\end{document} </source>

The manuscript file calls at the end a bibliography file Test.bib. In the *.bib file you will place all your references in a standardized format so that latex can create the reference in the paper. To find pre-formatted bibtex entries for papers you wish to cite locate the paper in Google scholar or Web of Science and choose to export to bibtex. In Google scholar to have this option appear you must set the setting on the bottom page of the preferences ''Show links to import citations into bibtex''.

File: Test.bib <source lang="latex"> @article{gravish2010force,

 title={Force and flow transition in plowed granular media},
 author={Gravish, N. and Umbanhowar, P.B. and Goldman, D.I.},
 journal={Physical review letters},

} </source>

If all went well you should have the file File:Test.pdf