PHY 1048L (Sect. 1250)-Syllabus TR 1

PHY 1048L (Sect. 1250)-Syllabus
TR 1-3:10 pm
NM 256
John Williams
NM 221
Physics Laboratory Experiments 7th edition by Wilson, Hernandez
Ti-83 graphing calculator required
Prerequisite or co-requisite: PHY 1053 or PHY 2048. This course provides laboratory
experiences with concepts and principles of mechanics, heat and sound (One 3-hour
Prerequisite: PHY 1048L. Prerequisite or co-requisite: PHY 1054 or PHY 2049. A
continuation of PHY 1048L, this course provides laboratory experiences in concepts
and principles of electricity, magnetism, and light (One 3-hour laboratory).
Course Goals:
1. To provide the students with the techniques required to observe carefully and to
measure precisely. 2. To develop student skills in working with others (collaborative
learning), reasoning logically and reporting results concisely from the data obtained. 3.
To provide student experience with physical laws and principles by actual
experimentation. 4. To acquaint the student with basic tools of measurements as
applied to distance, time, mass and temperature (light intensity, current and potential
difference). 5. To familiarize the student with the techniques of collecting and analyzing
experimental data, including graphical and statistical analysis. 6. To provide the student
with the basic techniques of error analysis. 7. To alert the students that there are
unavoidable discrepancies between ideal theoretical predictions and actual
experimental findings, and hence the importance of data analysis.
SPC Withdrawal Policy:
Beginning January 2008, instructors can no longer withdraw students from classes. If a
student wishes to withdraw from a course, it is the responsibility of the student to
withdraw either online through MySPC or with the help of an advisor in the registration
office. If the withdrawal is completed by June 26, 2015, a grade of “W” will be recorded
which does not impact the student’s GPA. If the withdrawal occurs after June 26, 2015,
the student will receive a grade of WF (withdraw-failing). The WF grade is punitive; it
has the same impact on the GPA as an F. Students in the third attempt of a course who
withdraw will receive a WF regardless of the date of withdrawal. Students who do not
attend during the first two weeks of classes will automatically be withdrawn from the
course by the college and will still be responsible for the tuition and fees. Also, students
who do not show sufficient active participation (i.e. completion of tests and quizzes and
regular attendance) in the course by June 26, 2015, will be administratively withdrawn
by the college and receive a WF. Students who withdraw from all classes may be
required to repay some or all of the financial aid received for the term. Should you
consider totally withdrawing from all classes before June 26, 2015 (for the summer
session) it is important that you consult the Scholarships & Student Financial Assistance
office on your home campus to understand your options and the consequences of total
Attendance Policy:
Students are required to attend class regularly and on time. Attendance will be
recorded at the start of each period. Late arriving students are responsible for signing
in at the end of the class to avoid being counted absent. Except in an emergency, a
student who needs to leave early should notify the instructor at the beginning of the
period. When absent, it is the student’s responsibility to learn what was missed
(assignments, handouts, due dates, etc). Students missing class are strongly
encouraged to contact the instructor promptly to avoid an unexcused
absence. Documentation will be required in order to excuse an absence.
Laboratory and Clean-up Responsibilities: Students are expected to clean up
equipment and return it to the original state in which it was found.
Text and Supplies: The laboratory manual is required. The student is required to
supply his/her own drawing equipment such as protractor, compass, etc. as well as
required graph paper.
Grading Policy:
Your final grade will be determined in the following manner:
80% - Lab Reports
20% - Final Exam
There will be no makeups and lowest lab score will be dropped before final grades are
averaged. Maximum lab score – 10 points.
A = 90 – 100 %
B = 80 – 89 %
C = 70 – 79 %
D = 60 – 69 %
F = Below 60 %
Procedure for Lab Reports:
One clear word processor version lab report is to be turned in per group.
Everyone in the group will receive the same grade. These reports will contain the
following information:
1. Cover sheet: Names in group, Contribution of each member, Title of report, Date
2. Objective: A short statement of what the experiment expects to achieve
3. Apparatus: Describe or list the apparatus. Include a diagram where appropriate.
4. Procedure: An account of the way in which the experiment was carried out.
5. Results: Data recorded during the experiment. (Data Tables) (Note: Data should
be collected on a worksheet, not on the data table in the manual.) All calculations
should be “roughed out” before the student leaves the laboratory. This worksheet
should be the last page of the report. It is in addition to the formal data tables.)
6. Discussion: This is a very important part of the experiment. It indicates your
understanding of the experiment, your ability to communicate in writing, and your ability
to think constructively. It is the part of the report that is original to you and in general will
take the most time. The following should be included as a part of the summary: a. List
the major numerical results of the experiment. (including numerical estimates of error if
a standard is available)
b. List the chief source(s) of errors and what steps if any were taken to eliminate
these. Give numerical estimates of these when possible. At a minimum, include size of
possible instrumental errors.
c. Include a summary of any graphs and their interpretation.
d. .Sample calculations: a sample of all equations used with collected data
7. Answers to questions:
8. Conclusion: What can you deduce from the results?
All analyses and data are to be typed. Graphs are to be created with software program
(i.e. Excel). These reports are due the following class period.
Additional hints on lab reports:
Use past tense.
Avoid personal pronouns in technical writing - (i.e. I, we, you, etc.).
Label each section of the report...Theory, Procedure, Results, etc.
All analyses and data are to be typed (12 pt. font, double spaced). Graphs are to be
created with software program. These reports are due the following lab meeting.
May 19
May 21
Experimental Uncertainty
Measurements; Density
May 26
May 28
The Force Table
The Force Table
June 2
The Atwood Machine
June 4
The Atwood Machine
June 9
June 11
The Simple Pendulum
Elastic Collisions
June 16
June 18
Ballistic Pendulum
Ballistic Pendulum
June 23
June 25
Centripetal Force
June 30
July 1
Inelastic Collisions
July 7
July 9
Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM)
July 14
July 16
Coefficient of Thermal Linear Expansion
Wrap up; Review and Lab #14 Due
July 21
Lab Final Exam