Physics 118 Heat & Electricity Laboratory

Summer Quarter 2018

Instructor Name: David Smith
Office: Physics/Astronomy B257
Office Hours: By Appointment - please email
Telephone: (206) 543-2997

Most Important Lab Policies

  • To pass Physics 118 you must attend all lab sessions and you must earn at least 50 points of the WebAssign lab homework. See Grades for more information.
  • The weekly due date for all lab homework is SUNDAY NIGHT, 11:59 PM.
  • Lab attendance will be recorded in the Canvas gradebook for physics 118.

Meeting Times and Locations

The Heat & Electricity Laboratory meets in Room B180. In the schedule below, the TA's email address is linked to the TA's name.

Summer 2018 Physics 118 TAs and Sections
B180PHYS 118 C
TA: Adnan Khan
PHYS 118 D
B180PHYS 118 A
TA: Tanner Rase
B180PHYS 118 B
TA: Tanner Rase

If you need to attend a different section to make up a lab, see the Lab Section/TA Info page for further details.

To find the further information concerning your lab section, consult your MyUW page, or the official UW registrar's time schedule:

Summer Quarter 2018 Time Schedule, Physics labs

Labs Schedule

The first Pre-Lab homework is due before the first meeting.

1: Jun. 11-15Do Pre-Lab 1 and Policies Quiz
2: Jun. 18-221 Ideal Gas Laws
3: Jun. 25-292 Heat capacity & Latent heat
4: Jul. 2-63 Buoyancy
5: Jul. 9-134 Electrostatics
6: Jul. 16-205 Electric Fields
7: Jul. 23-276 Electric circuits 1: Current
8: Jul. 30 - Aug. 37 Electric circuits 2: Voltage & Resistance
9: Aug. 6-108 Magnetic field and forces
10: Aug. 13-17Make-up week. One missed lab only.

Required Components

The lab course has two required parts: (1) a weekly two-hour lab session and (2) online homework with both Pre-Lab and Post-Lab components. This link describes the course structure in detail. This link describes the grading policies in detail.

Physics 118 is a credit/no-credit (C/NC) course. To obtain credit a student must pass both the In-Class and the Online Homework parts of the lab course. To pass the In-Class part of the lab the student must attend all In-Class sessions (either as regularly scheduled or as make-up), that is, get 80/80 In-Class points. To pass the Online Homework part the student must earn at least 50%, or a minimum of 50/100 of the lab Homework points. Failure of either part of the lab will result in no credit for PHYS 118

Lab Manual

Because you will record your experimental results in the manual, you must have an unused copy of the current manual to participate in the class:

Physics 118: General Physics Laboratory - Heat and Electricity, Autumn 2017 and Winter, Spring & Summer 2018 by the Faculty & Staff of the Department of Physics, published by Fountainhead Press. It may be purchased at the University Bookstore for $16.00.

Online Resources

All course records are kept on the UW Canvas system. You should be able to see the courses you are registered for when you log into Canvas, including Physics 118.

Online lab homework (Pre-Labs and Post-Labs) are accessed through Canvas, but are hosted by WebAssign. To access the Pre-Labs and Post-Labs, select the appropriate WebAssign assignment from the Assignments list on Canvas.

To see your In-Class attendance, look under Grades on Canvas.

Due Dates

AssignmentDue date & timeMake up policy
Online Pre-Lab Sunday night, 11:59 PM before lab session begins. Never.
In-class session Attendance required at scheduled time for section. Attend another session during week, or attend make-up week session.
Online Post-Lab Sunday night, 11:59 PM, following lab session. 20% reduction for every day late.

Attendance is required to the regularly scheduled lab section. The TA will sign or initial the lab papers at the end of the In-Class session and record satisfactory completion of the In-Class part. Students must have the TA's final initials in order to assure credit for attending the session.

The deadline for all online homework is 11:59 PM Sunday night. The Lab Policies Quiz is due at the end of the first week. An automatic extension for the quiz may be requested from WebAssign within two weeks after the deadline, which will cost 1 point (out of 6). Pre-Labs must be completed before the In-Class sessions meet and will be made available about a week before. Post-Labs should be completed after you attend your lab session and will be made available during the week that the In-Class session meets.

Pre-Labs may not be made-up.

In-Class sessions may be made-up in one of two ways, according to these policies. 1) Make-ups may be done during another session in the same week, or 2) one lab may be made-up during the make-up week without special permission (plus one more lab with special permission).

Post-Labs may be made-up (extended), following these policies.

In some cases, missed work may be excused. This link describes the make-up policies in detail.

Email Policy

Before sending an email, note the following:

If after reading the above you still have a lab related question please send the lab lab instructor an email.