Winter Quarter 2016
Instructor: David Pengra
Office: Physics/Astronomy B256
Office Hours: By appointment, please email.
Meeting Times and Locations
The Heat & Electricity Laboratory meets in Room B128. 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:
Required Lab Manual
The lab course requires the in-class use of a custom lab manual:
Physics 118: General Physics Laboratory - Heat & Electricity, Winter 2016 by the University of Washington Department of Physics. It may be purchased at the University Bookstore for $19.25.
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.
|1: Jan. 4-8||Do Pre-Lab 1 and Policies Quiz|
|2: Jan. 11-15||1||Buoyancy|
|3: Jan. 19-22||2||Ideal gas laws|
|4: Jan. 25-29||3||Heat capacity & Latent heat|
|5: Feb. 1-5||4||Electrostatics|
|6: Feb. 8-12||5||Electric Fields|
|7: Feb. 16-19||6||Electric circuits 1: Current|
|8: Feb. 22-26||7||Electric circuits 2: Voltage & Resistance|
|9: Feb.29 - Mar. 4||8||Magnetic fields and forces|
|10: Mar. 7-11||Make-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.
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.
This link explains the due dates for pre-labs, in-class work, and post-labs.
Different policies apply to making up missed work:
- Pre-labs cannot be made up.
- In-class sessions can be made-up during the same week as your regular session, or if that is not possible, one lab may be made up at the end of the term (plus one more with special permission).
- Post-labs may be made up only within one week following completion of the in-class session, and there is a 40% penalty.
In some cases, missed work may be excused. This link explains the policies.