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week 8

Last official update!
This week, along with taking more data, we also took a cursory look at all the videos so far and simply counted how many worms “turned around” or “hovered” during the data collection. This was just to take … Continue reading

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week 6 and 7

“Taking Data”
An expression used by experimenters and scientists regarding the collection and arrangement of data; the steps preceding the analysis of the data.
This week, we took data.
The CCD cameras have proven to be excellent. We drop the worm into the … Continue reading

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week 5

Recall the problem of unfocused images when trying to observe the behavior of the worms when sent through two different wavelengths of light, side by side. The regular digital camera was producing such a tiny image that good data was … Continue reading

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week 4

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The CCD camera is not producing images. Up until now, it was possible to set up an effective laser setup just with “eyeballing it” (no math). Unfortunately, the CCD camera needs to be placed a specific distance from the closest … Continue reading

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week 3

In the lab, things do not go smoothly line to line like in classroom physics problems. Experiments take endurance and patience: you will fail before you succeed.
Current project: Analyzing the C. elegans’ reaction to different light wavelengths (blue and red).
Problem: … Continue reading

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week 2

Learned:

to measure/ record an optical setup
what to do when the setup does not actually function
to clean optics
to pick worms.

This week was the first real week in the lab where I could help instead of being lost.
1) Measuring a setup: Hold … Continue reading

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week 1

As one of the new grunts of VAOL, this first week has progressed appropriately awkwardly, full of disorientation and demonstrations. I think it is appropriate to keep this first post simple, and avoid technicalities.
As I’ve been introduced to the lab, … Continue reading

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