PHY 1104

CAP 212
Week Activity Assignment
May 29 Density 1104 Density / Archimedes Principle
Jun 5 Standing Waves 1104 Standing Waves: Lab Report Assigned
Jun 12 Thermal Expansion 1104 Thermal Expansion
Jun 19 Specific Heat 1104 Specific Heat
Jun 26 Electrostatics 1104 Electrostatics
Jul 10 Electric Fields 1104 Electric Fields
Jul 17 Ohm's Law 1104 Ohm's Law: Lab Report Assigned
Jul 24 Capacitance 1104 Capacitance
Jul 31 Electricity and Magnetism 1104 Magnetism

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Grading Policy

The Physics Laboratory generally counts for 15% of your total course grade. The system of grading for the laboratory is as follows:

  • Prelab Quizzes: 15%
  • Laboratory Notebook and Practicum: 35%
  • Formal Laboratory Reports: 50%

Prelab Quizzes / Lab preparation

In order to complete the experiment in the allotted time it is essential that some preparatory work be done before coming to the laboratory. You will be expected to read the upcoming laboratory assignment. At the beginning of lab each week, a quiz will be given which will test your preparedness. If you are late for lab, you will NOT be allowed to take the quiz.

In addition to reading over the activities before you come to lab, please pre-populate your notebook using the following four steps:

1. What scientific concept(s) is this lab about? Identify the scientific concept(s) (principle, theory, law) of the lab and write what you know about the concept(s) from the lab manual, textbook, class notes, handouts, etc.

2. What are the objectives for this lab? Describe the specific actions you are being asked to perform in the lab, such as measure something, analyze something, test something, etc.

3. What is the overall purpose of the lab? Briefly describe how what you are being asked to do in the lab (the objectives) will help you learn about the lab's scientific concept(s). In other words, show the link between your response to question #2 (what you will do in the lab) to your response to question #1 (what you are supposed to be learning about by doing the lab).

4. What is your hypothesis for the lab experiment? First, identify the variables in the experiment. Then state your hypothesis--the relationship or interaction among the variables, the outcome of the experiment you anticipate. Your hypothesis may be stated in 1-2 sentences or sketched out as a graph.

The variables are what you will manipulate (independent variable) and measure (dependent variable) in the lab procedure. The hypothesis is what you anticipate will be the outcome of the procedure, typically the results of the measurements of the dependent variables when the independent variable(s) is manipulated. So the hypothesis is what you expect, based on your understanding of the scientific concept of the lab--what the relationship among the variables will be.

Laboratory Notebook

The keeping of a lab notebook is an integral part of a professional scientist's work in lab. For the professional scientist, the lab notebook serves as an ongoing journal of ideas, experimental methods, collected data, calculations, suggestions for change and suggestions for further study. When done correctly, the lab notebook documents the professional journey of a scientist, telling the story of the progress, barriers, successes, failures, and solutions over the course of time.

When performing experiments in the laboratory, carefully record and clearly label all data in your lab notebook in pen. Use tables whenever possible to organize your data. Table outlines are given within each experiment. Write down all observations you make in the laboratory in your lab notebook.

Notebooks will be used for all activities, including those that require a full laboratory report. At the end of each lab session, you must have your notebook checked off by your instructor. If the notebook is unsatisfactory to your instructor (based on the guidelines above), you will need to make the appropriate adjustments before leaving. If your notebook is not checked off by the time you leave, you will lose a proportion of your overall notebook grade. Your instructor has the authority refuse to check off your lab report for violation of any safety rule or behavior that is contrary to laboratory safety, or for poor laboratory practices (such as not cleaning up your lab station before leaving, or negligence resulting in broken equipment).

Three time per semester, you will have a notebook check in which your instructor will score your notebook using the Laboratory Notebook Scoring rubric. Your notebook score will come from these three notebook checks.

Formal Laboratory Reports

Twice during the semester, you will be required to write a formal laboratory report, following the above guidelines. Twenty percent will be deducted from late submissions, and reports submitted more than one week late will not be accepted. All grades are final and may not be resubmitted for re-grading.

Intructors and Meeting Times

PHY 1104-201
Thursday 12:30 PM-2:20 PM
Dr. Brooke Hester (

PHY 1104-202
Thursday 2:30 PM-4:20 PM
Dr. Chris Thaxton (

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