Physics 119 Waves & Optics Laboratory

Autumn Quarter 2019

Instructor Name: Shih-Chieh Hsu
Office: Physics/Astronomy B213
Office Hours: By Appointment - please email
Telephone: (206) 543-2760

Most Important Lab Policies

  • To pass Physics 119 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 119.

Meeting Times and Locations

The Waves & Optics Laboratory meets in Room B125. In the schedule below, the TA's email address is linked to the TA's name.

Autumn 2019 Physics 119 TAs and Sections
B123PHYS 119 A
TA: Daniela Koch
B123PHYS 119 B
TA: Daniela Koch
B123PHYS 119 C
TA: Han Kyou Choi
B123PHYS 119 D
TA: Han Kyou Choi

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:

Autumn Quarter 2019 Time Schedule, Physics labs

Labs Schedule

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

1: Sept. 23-27Do Pre-Lab 1 and Policies Quiz
2: Sept. 30 - Oct. 41 Resonance & Standing waves
3: Oct. 7-112 Waves, Phase & Speed of sound
4: Oct. 14-183 Light rays & Law of reflection
5: Oct. 21-254 Diffraction & interference
6: Oct 28 - Nov. 15 Mirrors
7: Nov. 4-86 Lenses
8: Nov. 11-157 Optical instruments
9: Nov. 18-228 Radioactivity
10: Nov. 25-29No Labs - Thankgiving Holiday
11: Dec. 2-6Make-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 119 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 119

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 119: General Physics Laboratory - Waves & Optics, by the Faculty & Staff of the Department of Physics, Autumn 2017 and Winter, Spring & Summer 2018, published by Hayden-McNeil (ISBN 978-0-7380-9195-2). It may be purchased at the University Bookstore for $20.00.

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 119.

Online lab homework (Pre-Labs and Post-Labs) are accessed through WebAssign. To access the Pre-Labs and Post-Labs, log on to the WebAssign site and select the appropriate assignment from the Assignments list.

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.