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Summer 2009 This laboratory course is designed to accompany Physics 11. Students registered in Physics 21 must now be enrolled in or have completed Physics 11 or 31. Students, who withdraw from Physics 11 as the course progresses, must also withdraw from Physics 21. Course Coordinator: Shaheen Malghani, Room A416 Cook Building Office Hours: By appointment. You may contact Prof. Malghani by email: Shaheen.Malghani@uvm.edu or by phone: 656-0068. See Prof. Malghani if you have any specific questions about the laboratory course, or special problems regarding attendance or grades. Course Format: Please note! - Physics 21 uses Blackboard as part of the course. Each week, videos and/or photos of equipment used in the upcoming experiments, plus experiment hints, safety instructions, etc., will be found on the Blackboard pages. In addition, you will use Blackboard to take “post-lab quizzes” on-line, to discuss lab related questions with other students and your course instructor, and to check your Physics 21 lab grades. Two 2 1/2 hour laboratories per week, will be held in Room A409 Cook Building. Prior to each lab, you should carefully read each upcoming experiment in the lab manual, and review information about the experiment posted on the Blackboard Physics 21 web-pages, as well as in your text. This preparatory work should provide you with sufficient background to use your time in the lab efficiently. You must attend each laboratory session, completing all data taking and analysis during the first two hours of your lab period. Your lab report, including data, graphs, and completed analysis along with any additional questions posed in the lab manual, must be handed in at the end of two hours. Lab reports will be graded on a scale of ten possible points, and the average of all your lab reports will constitute 80% of your final lab grade. After completing each experiment, you are required to take an on-line post-lab quiz designed to test how well you understood the experiment. The post-lab quiz should be taken after you have completed that week’s lab, during the last 30 minutes of the lab session. You will have unlimited attempts at the post-lab
quizzes, but only your latest attempt on each quiz will count. The average of all post-lab quizzes will constitute 20% of your final lab grade. All quizzes are "open-book", and are a collaborative effort involving you and your lab partners. To be graded - each quiz attempt must be submitted within the allotted time-limit. Each quiz attempt will be graded on a 0-10 points scale. You should plan your time wisely to allow for communication with your lab instructor should any difficulties prevent you from taking or successfully submitting your quiz.
Required Course Materials: Physics 21: Introductory Laboratory Manual Laboratory Notebook (5 x 5 quadrilles ruled) duplicate pages with carbon, (available in the UVM bookstore); a transparent metric ruler; pencil with eraser; and an electronic calculator with trigonometric and exponential functions, and scientific notation. Your Laboratory Notebook: All data must be recorded, as it is being taken, directly in your laboratory notebook. Make sure that you use a carbon under each “tear-out” page so that you have a record of your data and analysis. All entries should be clear and complete concerning what is being recorded and the details and conditions of the experimental setup. If you must redo a measurement, explain the reason in your notebook and cross-out the old data in such a way that it can still be read. Never erase! General guidelines for preparing acceptable lab reports are given in the Introduction of the Physics 21 Introductory Lab manual. At the end of each lab period you are expected to hand in, to be graded, the “tear-out” original (not carbon copy) of all pages containing data and the analysis of the data including graphs. Also include any changes or additions to the published experimental procedures, and the answers to any additional questions posed in the lab manual. Your laboratory report will be graded within 3 school days after it has been submitted and available for you to pick up directly from your lab TA. All of your grades will be posted directly on Blackboard. If you wish to discuss your lab report, please see your lab instructor during office hours. Attendance : Attendance at all laboratory sessions and the lab practicum is mandatory. Failure to attend at the regularly scheduled time will result in a grade of zero for that activity unless you have received permission from Prof. Malghani to attend a different session. If you anticipate that you will be unable to attend your regularly scheduled lab, you must reschedule it as soon as possible prior to the lab that you will miss. If you miss a lab due to unforeseeable circumstances
beyond your control (such as serious personal illness), contact Prof. Malghani as soon as possible. Be prepared to provide documentation of the reason why you were unable to attend at the regular time. If you miss a laboratory due to legitimate circumstances beyond your control and are unable to arrange to attend another session the same week, apply to Prof. Malghani for an excused absence. There is a limit, however. A student missing three laboratories, for any reason, must “withdraw” or make a formal request for an “incomplete”, to avoid a failing grade. Evaluation: Your final grade for Physics 21 will be determined approximately as follows: Laboratory reports 80% Post-Lab quizzes 20% Letter grades will be assigned to final course averages as follows: A's 90-100% ; B's 80-89% ; C's 70-79% ; D's 60-69% ; Failures - below 60%. Students are expected to comply with the University's Academic Integrity policy. Please consult The Cat's Tale for details. In addition to the matters described there, please note that it is a serious offense to submit a report, or use data, from an experiment in which you did not participate. Cooperation with laboratory partners is encouraged during the setting up and data gathering parts of each experiment, but your analysis, conclusions, and write-up must be your own individual work. When taking the post-lab quizzes, you may use your text or lab manual, notes you have individually taken, and a calculator, if necessary. You may consult with your lab partners but not with other students while taking a quiz.
Physics 21 – Summer 2008
Schedule of Experiments May 18 – 19: May 20 – 21: May 26 – 27: May 28-29 June 1 – 2: June 3 – 4: Orientation: Preconception lab Ex. 1: Kinematic Analysis Memorial day – NO LAB Ex. 2: Measurements and Uncertainty Ex. 3: Acceleration of Gravity Ex. 4: Linear Dynamics
June 8 – 9: June 10 – 131: June 15 – 16: June 17 – 18: June 22– 23:
Ex. 5: Work and Energy Ex. 6: Collisions & Conservation of Linear Momentum Ex. 7: Rotational Dynamics Ex. 8: Rotational Work & Energy & Angular Momentum Ex. 9: Oscillatory Motion