Physics 118 Heat & Electricity Laboratory

Autumn Quarter 2015


Prof. Robert Van Dyck
Office: Physics/Astronomy C511
Office Hours: By appointment, please email.
Telephone: 206-685-1097
David Pengra
Office: Physics/Astronomy B256
Office Hours: By appointment, please email.
Telephone: 206-543-4783

Meeting Times and Locations

The Heat & Electricity Laboratory meets in Room B180. To find the specific time and room for your section, consult your MyUW time schedule, your WebAssign lab section page, or the official UW registrar's time schedule:

Autumn Quarter 2015 Time Schedule, Physics 118 labs

Required Lab Manual

The lab course requires the in-class use of a custom lab manual:

Physics 118: General Physics Laboratory - Heat & Electricity, Autumn 2015 by the University of Washington Department of Physics. It may be purchased at the University Bookstore for about $11.

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.


The first Pre-Lab and Policy Quiz is due on WebAssign before the first meeting.

Due to holidays on Wednesday Nov. 11 and Thursday, Friday, Nov. 26-27, only Wednesday sections will meet during week of Nov. 23-27 to make up for missed class. See specific lab below.

Week/Dates Lab Title
1: Sep. 30 - Oct. 2Do Pre-Lab 1 and Policies Quiz
2: Oct. 5-91Buoyancy
3: Oct. 12-162Ideal gas laws
4: Oct. 19-233Heat capacity & Latent heat
5: Oct. 26-304Electrostatics
6: Nov. 2-65Electric Fields
7: Nov. 9-136Electric circuits 1: Current No Lab Wednesday
8: Nov. 16-207Electric circuits 2: Voltage & Resistance
Wednesday sections do Lab 6
9: Nov. 25Only Wed. sections meet. Lab 7: Electric circuits 2
10: Nov. 30 - Dec. 48Magnetic fields and forces
11: Dec. 7-11Make-up week. One missed lab only.

Lab Section/T.A. Info

Contact information for your TA and to find other TAs and sections. Look here if you need to email your TA or find another section to attend a make-up lab.


WebAssign is used for pre-labs and post-lab assignments. 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.

Connect to WebAssign:

Course Structure

The lab course has three parts: online pre-labs, in-class sessions, and online post-labs. This link describes the course structure in detail.


Please be aware that there is a strict minimum requirement for passing the course:

Physics 117, 118 and 119 are credit/no-credit (C/NC) courses. To obtain credit, the student must have (1) attended all in-class sessions (either as regularly scheduled or as make-up) and (2) have earned 60% of the total possible points.

All labs are graded and count toward your final grade. This link gives the details.

Due Dates

This link explains the due dates for pre-labs, in-class work, and post-labs.

Make-up Work

Different policies apply to making up missed work:

In some cases, missed work may be excused. This link explains the policies.

Email Policy

You may send the lab instructor in charge of the labs an email. But, only some kinds of mail will get answered. This link will help you write a message that will get a useful response.