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2.7. Getting Help

(a) Your Segment or project group: You are all working together, so split up the learning task in a way that makes sense to you and then teach each other what you know.

(b) Your classmates: Many of you come into this with a great deal of knowledge and talent. Make it your business to find out which of your classmates is already an expert in something and tap into that expertise.

(c) The Prof and TA: We will arrange meeting times with each group and team outside of class time. Apart from that, if you need to meet with us, have a member of your group arrange a time for me to be here when your group or team is. Personal problems of individual students can be handled in my office, by arrangement.

(d) Other experts: One advantage in being in a place where a lot of building is going on is that somebody usually knows the answer to your question. I will be calling on some of the local experts to share their expertise in certain areas and to serve on the design reviews for your projects. Sometimes, these folks can be helpful before you get to that stage by getting you started on something, giving you a reference, or telling you your idea won't work. These folks can be found on the 15th to 17th floors of RLM. Here is a partial list.

Optics: Tommy Greathouse, Phillip MacQueen.
Electronics: Dan Jaffe, Joe Tufts, Phillip MacQueen.
Computer Interfacing: Dan Jaffe, Bill Spiesman.
Mechanical Design: Gordon Wesley, Jimmy Welborn.

(f) (Heaven Forbid!) A book. There are tons of books out there. Some of them are even helpful. Also, check out parts catalogs and web sites. They often have little tutorials in them. The parts themselves sometimes give you ideas. Individual segments will contain some specific references to relevant reading material.

2.8. Evaluation of Your Performance

In order to get an A in this class you must do the following:
1) Attend class and scheduled group and team meetings.
2) Complete the unit assignments
3) Do your share of the instrument team work. Understand the principles of your part of the project at the PDR and have your part working at the final demonstration.
4) Do a good writeup of the instrument preliminary design.
5) Have a good understanding of all aspects of the instrument your team builds.
6) Communicate to the other members of your team how your part of the instrument works.

The last two of these will be tested with a short oral exam after your team demonstrates your instrument. Be sure you come into this demonstration understanding what the other members of your team have done, and make sure the others understand what you did.

You will get a B if your performance is weak or incomplete in 2-3 of the above areas.

You will get a C if your performance is weak or incomplete in 4-5 of the areas.

You will get a D if your performance is weak in most areas and you fail to perform in at least one.

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8 January 2004
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