Autumn Quarter 2017
Instructor: David Pengra
Office: Physics/Astronomy B256
Office Hours: By appointment, please email.
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.
|Autumn 2017 Physics 118 TAs and Sections|
|B180||118 A (TBA)||118 G (TBA)|
|B180||118 C (TBA)||118 K (TBA)|
|B180||118 D (TBA)|
|B180||118 E (TBA)|
|B180||118 F (TBA)|
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:
The first Pre-Lab homework is due before the first meeting.
|1: Sep. 27-29||Do Pre-Lab 1 and Policies Quiz|
|2: Oct. 2-6||No Lab|
|3: Oct. 9-13||1||Ideal Gas Laws|
|4: Oct. 16-20||2||Heat capacity & Latent heat|
|5: Oct. 23-27||3||Buoyancy|
|6: Oct. 30 - Nov. 3||4||Electrostatics|
|7: Nov. 6-10||5||Electric Fields|
|8: Nov. 13-17||6||Electric circuits 1: Current|
|9: Nov. 20-22||7||Electric circuits 2: Voltage & Resistance|
|10: Nov. 27 - Dec. 1||8||Magnetic field and forces|
|11: Dec. 4-8||Make-up week. One missed lab only.|
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 about $16.00.
Attendance to the lab sections is recorded 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 homework (Pre-Labs and Post-Labs) is accessed through your Canvas course webpage but are are hosted by WebAssign. Look here for information about getting on to WebAssign and what to do if you are having trouble with WebAssign access or need to contact someone to solve a WebAssign use problem.
Course Structureand Grades
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.
Physics 118 is a credit/no-credit (C/NC) course. To obtain credit a student must pass both the In-Class and the 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 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 physics 118.
Due Dates and Make-up Work
|Assignment||Due date & time||Make 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.||Automatic request from WebAssign for one 24 hr period within 7 days of due date. A 40% penalty is applied. After 7 day period, no make-up allowed.|
Attendance is required to the regularly scheduled lab section. The TA will 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.
Make-ups are allowed during another session in the same week, or one lab may be made-up during the make-up week without special permission(plus one more with special permission).
In some cases, missed work may be excused. This link explains the policies.
Before sending an email note the following:
- Make sure you have read the course syllabus and lab pages completely.
- TAs names and email addresses should be listed above.
- Requests for changes in registration are handled by the Program Coordinator, Susan Miller, in room C-136 in the Physics/Astronomy building.
- No one in the Physics Department can fix problems with your WebAssign account or billing error. You must contact WebAssign directly through their Customer Support page.
If after reading the above you still have a lab related question please send the lab instructor an email at email@example.com.