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Lab Syllabus - Physics 22 Introductory Laboratory II

Summer Session 2010

This laboratory course is designed to accompany Physics 12. Students registered in Physics 22
must now be enrolled in or have completed Physics 12. Students who withdraw from Physics 12
during the summer must also withdraw from Physics 22.

Course Coordinator: Shaheen Malghani, Room A416 Cook Building

Office Hours: by appointment. You may contact Dr. Malghani by e-mail: 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.

Reminder: Add, Drop or Section Changes must be done by phone

registration, via the UVM Registrar's web page, or through the registrar's

Course Format:

Please note! - Physics 22 is a Blackboard course. Each Lab period, photos

and/or videos 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 look up the assigned ActivPhysics 2
exercises, and to check your Physics 22 lab grades.

You can access Blackboard by clicking on “Academics” in the upper menu bar
of the UVM homepage (, then choosing “Blackboard course
tools” from the right-hand menu bar on the “Academics” page. Log-in into
Blackboard using your “netid” as your Blackboard username (“netid’s” can be
found by searching “UVM people” on the UVM homepage, and is usually the
same as a person’s “zoo” account username). If this is the first time that you
have ever logged onto Blackboard you should log-on using this same “netid” also
as your "password". Very Important! - You should change your password to
one of your own choosing as soon as possible to protect the confidentially
of your grades posted on Blackboard! Remember this Blackboard
password! You will have the same Blackboard password for the rest of
your college career. If you have difficulty remembering many different
passwords, it might be wise to use the same password for your Blackboard login
as you use to log into your “zoo” account.

Two 3-hours laboratory per week, held in Room A410 of the Cook Building. You must attend all
scheduled laboratory sessions, completing all data taking and analysis during your lab period.
Your data, graphs, and completed analysis must be handed in at the conclusion of the lab
period. A typewritten abstract of each experiment should be submitted within 48 hours following
the conclusion of your lab period, or by 10:00 a.m. of the next school day (whichever is later).
Prior to each lab, you should carefully read each upcoming experiment in the lab manual, review
information about the experiment posted on the Blackboard Physics 22 site, do the assigned
ActivPhysics 2 exercises and think about any questions posed. This preparatory work for lab
will not be collected, but its completion will provide you with the necessary background for the five
pre-lab quizzes which you are required to take “on-line” during the semester (During the summer,
just do the post-lab quiz at the end of each lab). These weekly pre-lab quizzes can be accessed
by clicking on “take quiz” in the left-hand menu bar of any Physics 22 Blackboard page. You
must complete each quiz within a 30 minute time-limit, and you cannot take a given quiz more
than once. All quizzes are “open-book”, but must be completed without help from any other
person. Quizzes will be graded on a scale of five possible points, and the average of your best
five quiz grades will constitute 20% of your final lab grade. Although a quiz will be available each
week, you need only take five quizzes during the semester. You may choose which you take, or
you may take more than five, in which case only the five best quiz grades will count towards your
final quiz average.

There is no exams in Physics 22.

Required Course Materials:

ActivPhysics 2 CD ( if packaged with your text) or available separately as a Workbook with CD:
from the UVM bookstore.

Physics 22: Introductory Laboratory Manual : Available at the bookstore

Laboratory Notebook (5 x 5 quadrille ruled) duplicate pages with carbon, (available in the UVM
bookstore); a 6" protractor with see-through metric rule, (C-thru Model 376M suggested); pencil
with eraser; Electronic calculator with trigonometric and exponential functions, and scientific

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, excerpts from which are
posted in the lab. At the end of each lab period you are expected to hand in, to be graded,
the yellow “tear-out” original (not white 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 questions posed in the lab manual.

Using the carbon-copy of your data and analysis, you should then prepare and submit your
typewritten abstract within the allotted time. You may "submit abstracts" electronically
via Blackboard, or a paper copy may be placed in the slot of your lab TA's locked cabinet
(South end of the Cook 4th floor hallway). The Abstract should contain concise statements
describing the objective(s) of the experiment, any physics background information that is
especially relevant to the experiment, the basic experimental procedure(s) used, and important
results that are clearly supported by your observations and analysis. (Abstracts are strictly
limited to a length of 150 words!) 1 point may be automatically deducted from late reports, and
reports more that 2 days late will generally not be accepted!

Lab Report Grading Criteria

4 pts. - Acceptable, no revisions needed.

3 pts. - Acceptable, minor revisions needed.

2 pts. - Acceptable, sufficient data taken and
recorded, but major revisions to the analysis
and/or abstract are needed.

1 pt. - Unacceptable, submitted data is not

adequately labeled and/or is insufficient to
support the required analysis.

0 pts. - Unacceptable

Your laboratory report (abstract, data and analysis) will be graded within 3 school days after it has
been submitted. You may check your lab grades on Blackboard. If you need to revise your
report, you may, if necessary, see your lab instructor during their office hours to discuss
improvements that need to be made, or pick up your graded report from the blue hallway “return-
slots” located near the 4 floor lab rooms and review any written comments. Revisions may be
made to lab reports which were originally deemed acceptable and the revised reports re-
submitted for consideration of a higher grade. Revised reports may be re-submitted
electronically using the Blackboard, or a paper copy placed in the locked cabinet used to submit
reports. Revisions must be turned-in before your next lab meeting.

Attendance : Attendance at all laboratory sessions 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 with Prof. Malghani ASAP.
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, apply to Prof. Malghani for an excused absence. There is a
limit, however. A student missing three laboratories, for any reason, will receive an
"Incomplete" or be required to withdraw. If you have been given permission by Prof. Malghani
to attend a different session because of a particular scheduling problem or illness, you should
hand in your report to the instructor of the section you attend. Your report will be graded by that
instructor and posted on Blackboard.

Evaluation: Your final grade for Physics 22 will be determined approximately as follows:

Laboratory reports 80%

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%.

(In unusual circumstances, when necessary to compensate for significant differences in grading
between different lab sections - final course grades for students in a particular section may be
adjusted.) Students who are concerned about their performance in the course are encouraged to
discuss the matter with Professor Malghani. Students who withdraw from Physics 12 must also
withdraw from Physics 22.
Students will be expected to comply with the University's Academic Integrity policy. Please
consult The Cat's Tale or the Schedule of Spring Classes paper 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 quizzes, you may use
your text, lab manual, ActivPhysics 2 workbook, notes you have individually taken, and a
calculator, if necessary. You may not consult with other students about quizzes. If you require
special testing accommodations, you must contact Prof. Malghani as soon as possible so that the
necessary arrangements can be made.

Schedule of Experiments:

June 28-29 Ex. 1 – Charging by Induction

Jun 30 – July1 Ex. 2 – Electric Fields and Equipotentials

July 7-8 Ex 3 – Circuit Analysis- “Bulbs & Batteries” (Part A only)

12 -13 Ex. 4 – Tangent Galvanometer

14-15 Ex. 5 – Electromagnetic Induction and Motors

19-20 Ex. 6 – Light: Reflection and Refraction

21-22 Ex. 7 – Lenses, Magnifiers and Telescopes

26-27 Ex. 8 – Diffraction and Optical Resolution

28-29 Ex. 9 – “The Photoelectric Effect and Planck’s Constant”