Physics 123 Waves & Optics Laboratory

Winter Quarter 2017

Instructor Name: Anna Goussiou
Email: goussiou@uw.edu
Office: Physics/Astronomy B207
Office Hours: By Appointment - please email
Telephone: (206) 543-2092

Most Important Lab Policies

  • To pass the Physics 123 course, you must pass the lab. To pass the lab you must earn at least 48 points of the online lab homework (Pre-Labs and Post-Labs) and you must not miss more than two lab sessions. 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 123.


Meeting Times and Locations

The Waves & Optics Laboratory meets in Room B123. In the schedule below, the TA's email address is linked to the TA's name.

Winter 2018 Physics 123 TAs and Sections
Time/RoomMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
930-1120 
 
B123PHYS 123 AM
TA: Sam Kowash   | LA: Noah Tashbook (2nd Half)
PHYS 123 BP
TA: Ted Zhao
PHYS 123 AR
TA: Jared Callaham
1130-120 
 
B123PHYS 123 BM
TA: Jared Callaham
PHYS 123 BQ
TA: Ryan Hufschmid
PHYS 123 BT
TA: Mike Pun
PHYS 123 BW
TA: Jared Callaham
130-320 
 
B123PHYS 123 AN
TA: Andy Goldschmidt   | LA: Noah Tashbook
PHYS 123 BR
TA: Mike Pun
PHYS 123 AS
TA: Andy Goldschmidt   | LA: Luke Commins
330-520 
 
B123PHYS 123 AO
TA: Anthony Ciavarella   | LA: Luke Commins
PHYS 123 AP
TA: Anthony Ciavarella   | LA: Luke Commins
530-720P 
 
B123PHYS 123 BN
TA: Ted Zhao
PHYS 123 BS
TA: Ted Zhao   | LA: Noah Tashbook
730-920P 
 
B123PHYS 123 BO
TA: Tyler Blanton
PHYS 123 AQ
TA: Tyler Blanton
PHYS 123 AU
TA: Ryan Hufschmid   | LA: Noah Tashbook

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:

Winter Quarter 2017 Time Schedule, Physics labs



Labs Schedule

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

Week/DatesLabTitle
1: Jan. 3-5Do Pre-Lab 1
2: Jan. 8-121Resonance & Standing waves
3: Jan. 16-192Waves, Phase & Speed of sound
4: Jan. 22-263Light rays & Law of reflection
5: Jan. 29 - Feb 24Mirrors
6: Feb. 5-95Lenses
7: Feb. 12-166Optical instruments
8: Feb. 19-237Diffraction & Interference
9: Feb. 26 - Mar. 28Spectra & Planck's constant
10: Mar. 5-9Make-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.

A student must pass both the In-Class and the Online Homework parts of the lab course in order to pass the full PHYS 123 5 credit course. To pass the In-Class part of the lab the student must attend at least 6 In-Class sessions (either as regularly scheduled or as make-up), that is, get a minimum of 60/80 In-Class points. To pass the Online Homework part the student must earn at least 50%, or a minimum of 48/96 of the lab Homework points. Failure of either part of the lab will result in a grade of 0.0 for the entire 5 credit PHYS 123 course (lecture+lab+tutorial).

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 123: Waves & Optics Laboratory, by the Faculty & Staff of the Department of Physics, Autumn 2017 and Winter, Spring & Summer 2018, published by Hayden-McNeil (ISBN 978-0-7380-9159-4). 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 123.

Online lab homework (Pre-Labs and Post-Labs) are accessed through Canvas, but are hosted by MasteringPhysics (the same system as is used for lecture homework). To access the Pre-Labs and Post-Labs, look under MyLab & Mastering link 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.

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 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.