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Course Syllabus

Physics 355: Optics Laboratory

Fall Semester 2005

Instructor:    Dr. Steven Sahyun

Office:   321 Goodhue Hall

Phone:   Ext. 5113



Desire2Learn:     The D2L site is linked from the UWW web site ( and from the class Web site.

Office Hours:      M, W: 4 - 4:45 UH141E; T: 1:30 - 2:30 GO321;

      T: 5:00 - 6:00 UH141E; Th 12:30 - 1:30 GO 321.                                                              

355 Laboratory:  Thursdays 6:15 - 9:15 p.m.

Required Field Trip: There will be a required field trip to Marquette University on Thursday, October 13. This trip will take place during the scheduled class and Laboratory times.

Co-requisite: Physics 355.


Note: The last day to drop classes is Sept. 19 (no ŚWą); Oct. 14 (ŚWą grade.)


Other required materials: You are expected to bring a bound laboratory notebook, paper, a scientific calculator (one with trigonometric and logarithmic functions, scientific notation, etc.), and a data storage device (zip disk and/or USB).


Course Description: This is the laboratory associated with the Physics 354: Optics Course.


On the Tuesday following the laboratory, you will turn in a laboratory report. Lab reports may be your Lab Notebook, a Photocopy of your Lab Notebook, or a separately typed Report. A separate report is preferred.


The advantage of typing a separate Report is that Clarity, Prose, and Presentation categories will be enhanced, and you will retain your laboratory notebook. The advantage of turning in a Photocopy is that you will retain your notebook for writing additional comments.


Grading: Course grades will be determined by the percentage of total points assigned for the course. 90% = A, 80% = B, 70% = C, 60% = D. Each of the 12 Laboratories will be graded on a 0 – 20 point scale for a course total of 240 points. One make-up lab can be arranged during finals week at a time of my choosing if absolutely necessary.




Lab Report Grading Criteria

Completeness (Introduction, procedure, data, analysis, conclusions, and requested answers to any questions are all present)

0  2  4   pts





Clarity (text is clearly and concisely written)

0  1  2   pts





Content (an understanding of the physical principles involved in the experiment and an awareness of the uncertainties of the results is demonstrated)

0  3  6   pts





Correctness (data analysis is correct, no math errors)

0  2  4   pts





Prose (spelling and grammatical errors are minimized)

0  1  2   pts





Presentation (the document is neat and orderly)

0  1  2   pts





Total     9 - 11 D     12 – 14 C   15 - 17 B     18 - 20 A

20 pts




I reserve the right to adjust grades slightly based on class participation


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Updated: September 15, 2005