The purpose of this course is to provide students with intuition about elementary subjects of general physics. The relevant subjects are covered in the PHY212 lecture course. It may happen that the experiments will be done ahead of the lecture, or go beyond the scope of the lecture. Therefore, the students are urged to read the theory part of the experimental manual and consult with the textbook if necessary. Since the laboratory time is limited, it is crucial that the students come prepared to the lab. Pre-lab exercises are to be done at home. They will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of each laboratory session and graded with the report.
The lab reports must be completed and submitted during the class. Report sheets are included in the experimental manual. Students will work together on collecting the data. Each team will submit a single lab report at the end of the lab meeting and all members of the team will receive the same grade. It therefore behooves each member to contribute to answering the lab questions. Sometimes a team may find it difficult to complete all the measurements and answer all the questions. It is more important to present all the completed measurements clearly rather than to complete all the measurements. When making graphs it is important to label axes and indicate units.
Your grade will be the sum of the pre-lab assignment (20%) and the report sheets filled in during the class (80%). Student's performance during the lab may be included in the grade. For the final grade from this course, the lowest grade will be dropped. Alternately, as single missed lab will be dropped from your average. Labs can be make up only in the same week at other regular section. It is recommended to consult with the instructor of the other section prior to the make-up lab.
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Evidence of such behavior will be dealt with in accordance with the College of Arts & Sciences rules.