Syllabus – CPS PHY 1201

Course Title: Lab for PHY 1200
Course Number: PHY 1201
Term and Year: Fall 2023
Credit Hour: 1
Course Format: Ground
Location: Boston Main Campus
Meeting Days/Times: Tuesday, 8:30-10:00pm (First meeting on Sep 12)

Instructor Information
Full Name: It will be provided by your TA.
Email Address: It will be provided by your TA.
Office Hours: Email to schedule an appointment. Instructor response time will be 24-48 hours.

Lab Supervisor / Directors Information
IPL office is located at CH 323.
– Prof. Baris Altunkaynak (IPL Supervisor),
– Prof. Oleg Batishchev (IPL Co-Director),
– Prof. Paul Champion (IPL Co-Director),

Course Description
Offers students an opportunity to perform and analyze laboratory experiments from physics topics covered in PHY 1200. This course is part of a sequence for students majoring in health science, engineering technology, and other programs requiring laboratory experience in Physics 1.

Required Textbook:
Please follow the link labeled IPL Manual in the IPL Information module on Canvas to purchase access to your lab manual directly from Macmillan. This will give you access to the lab manual and also to the pre-lab quizzes that you will need to complete. You can purchase access directly with a credit card. Access cards are also available from the campus bookstore. If you are retaking the same lab course, please fill out the form linked under IPL Information module on Canvas or contact the lab supervisor for your free access code. Please note that Physics 1 and 2 courses require separate purchases, but we will provide you with a free access code if you are retaking a Physics 1 or a Physics 2 course.

Title: Introductory Physics Laboratory
Edition: Fall 2023
Authors: Altunkaynak, Batishchev and Hyde
ISBN: 978-1-5339-4844-1

Pre-lab quizzes:
You will complete a pre-lab quiz before each lab in your online manual. Your pre-lab quiz grades will then get transferred to Canvas. For the first lab, the pre-lab quizzes will be due by the end of the week. Starting with the second lab, they will be due by the start time of your labs. You will have 3 attempts to complete each quiz, and your highest score will be your final score.

Lab Calendar and Experiment Schedules:
Lab Calendar
PHY 1201 – Summer 2023

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the lab course, you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of experimentation in physics,
  • Have a better conceptual understanding of physical laws,
  • Learn how to use basic scientific instruments,
  • Develop analytical and computational skills to analyze experimental data,
  • Be able to identify sources of errors, quantify uncertainties in an experiment, and incorporate them in your analyses,
  • Learn software used for data recording / analysis,
  • Develop technical writing skills.

Lab Policies and Procedures:
Please review the Policies and Procedures webpage.

Attendance (Makeup) Policy:

  • Missed labs will get a zero.
  • You can make-up only one missed lab if you have a valid excuse (such as a medical emergency) for missing that lab. All make-up labs must be approved by the IPL Supervisor/Directors in consultation with the TA.

Course Policies and Procedures:

  • Each lab is total of 3 hours spread over two 1.5 hours sessions in two weeks.
  • Six experiments are performed during the term of the class. You must complete all six experiments to receive a satisfactory grade.
  • Before every lab, you must read the instructions for the experiment and complete the corresponding Pre-lab Quiz in the lab manual.
  • You must record all the data and finish the data analysis in lab.
  • You are expected to write individual lab reports and submit them on Canvas a week after each lab. Late labs are subtracted 5 points (out of 100) for each day they are turned in late.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure your lab reports are uploaded properly. In very rare occasions, if there are any problems with Canvas, you must email your report right away to your TA as a PDF attachment. The Canvas submission date/time or the time you send your PDF file to your TA will count as the official timing of your submission. Time stamp of your lab report file will not be accepted as the submission date/time of your report.
  • If any duplicated or marginally rephrased material is found your grade will be subject to serious sanctions (typically a zero will be given for the report). This penalty will apply to all individuals with duplicate text in their reports. If a second incident of plagiarism is detected, you will receive an F in the lab course. You will also be reported to OSCCR.
  • Your lab report should have a cover page with the name of the experiment, your name, your lab partner’s name, and your TA’s name. It should be a complete, typed report with an introduction, main body with data and analysis, and a quantitative conclusion. The structure of your lab reports should follow IPL guidelines.
  • The last day to submit any lab reports in the Fall 2023 semester is December 9. No lab reports will be accepted after this deadline.

Grade Breakdown/Lab Report Rubric:

  • Prelab Quiz 5%
  • Introduction 10%
  • Data 25%
  • Analysis 40%
  • Conclusion 10%
  • Questions 10%
  • Total 100%

Letter grade ranges
The lab course will receive its own 1-credit grade. Typical inclusive ranges for letter grades are:

A/A-: 90-100,
B+/B/B-: 80-90,
C+/C/C-: 70-80,
D+/D/D-: 55-70,
F: below 55

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