Course Syllabus

Physics 130 Laboratory

Fall Semester, 2006

Instructor:                Dr. Steven Sahyun

Office:                      321 Goodhue Hall

Phone:                      Ext. 5113


Office Hours:            M W: 11:20 - 12:00; 2:30 - 3:15 Upham Hall room 166

                                T: 11:50 - 12:20; 2:50 - 3:40 Upham Hall room 058

                                R: 10:00 - 11:00 Upham Hall room 157

Class Meetings:         Section 1: T 12:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

                                Section 2: T  3:45 p.m. – 5:35 p.m.

Text:                        Physics 130 Lab Manual


Note: The last day to drop classes is Sept. 18 (no 'W'); Oct. 13 ('W' grade.)


Other required materials: You are expected to bring paper, a scientific calculator (one with trigonometric and logarithmic functions, scientific notation, etc. These are available for less than $20).


Course Description: This is the laboratory component to the Physics Foundations course.


Laboratory Reports: You must complete 12 out of 13 labs to pass the course. There is an opportunity to make up one lab at the end of the semester. You will submit your completed lab worksheet sets (from the laboratory book) at the end of the laboratory. The laboratory results will be completed individually – you are responsible for full completion of your own laboratory pages. Make sure you complete the entire lab and that you understand the concepts underlying the lab activity.


Grading: Your laboratory grade will be based entirely on your completed laboratory reports. Each Lab report will be graded on a 1-10 scale. Each laboratory activity in the lab book contains items throughout the lab to work through and to complete. Pay careful attention to the pages for diagrams to complete, items to fill in, and questions to be answered. Your grade will be determined on the completeness, accuracy, and drawing valid conclusions from your experimental data.


The laboratory section is calculated into your Physics 130 course grades. See Dr. Bob Benjamin for the role that the laboratory score will determine in your overall course grade.  As mentioned, there will be 13 laboratory classes and associated reports for a total of 130 points. There will be a 14th lab that you may use as a make up lab, or if you have attended all 13 labs, the last lab will count as extra-credit.

Tentative Physics 130 Laboratory Schedule




Sept. 5

No Lab

Sept. 12

L1. Graphing Motion

Sept. 19

L2. Free Fall

Sept. 26

L3. Centripetal Force

Oct. 3

L4. Energy and Momentum

Oct. 10

L5. Momentum and Collisions

Oct. 17

L6: Buoyancy

Oct. 24

L7: Pressure & dew point

Oct. 31

L8: Internal energy

Nov. 7

L10: Speed of sound

Nov. 14

L11. Lenses

Nov. 21

L12: Hydrogen Spectrum

Nov. 28

L9: Light Bulbs

Dec. 5

L13. Radioactivity

Dec. 12

L14: Holograms/Make-up Lab



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