Spring Quarter 2016
Instructor: Prof. Xiaodong Xu
Office: Physics/Astronomy B437
Office Hours: By appointment: please email.
Meeting Times and Locations
The Waves & Optics Lab meets in Rooms B123 and B125. To find the specific information for your section, consult your MyUW time schedule, your WebAssign lab section page, or the official UW registrar's time schedule:
The first Pre-Lab and Policy Quiz is due on WebAssign before the first meeting.
|1: Mar. 28 - Apr. 1||Do Pre-Lab 1 and Policies Quiz|
|2: Apr. 4-8||1||Resonance & Standing waves|
|3: Apr. 11-15||2||Waves, Phase & Speed of sound|
|4: Apr. 18-22||3||Light rays & Law of reflection|
|5: Apr. 25-29||4||Mirrors|
|6: May 2-6||5||Lenses|
|7: May 9-13||6||Optical instruments|
|8: May 16-20||7||Diffraction & Interference|
|9: May 23-27||8||Spectra & Planck's constant|
|10: May 31 - June 3||Make-up week. One missed lab only.|
Required Lab Manual, WebAssign and Canvas Webpage
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 of the Department of Physics, Autumn 2015, Winter/Spring/Summer 2016, published by Hayden-McNeil (ISBN 978-0-7380-7539-6). It may be purchased at the University Bookstore for $20.00.
Online homework (Pre-Labs and Post-Labs) are done on 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.
Attendance to the lab sections is recorded on the UW Canvas system, not WebAssign:
Lab Section/T.A. Info
|Spring 2016 Physics 123 TAs and Sections|
|B123||123 AT Andrew Baumgartner|
|B125||123 CM Ryan Connelly||123 CS Matt Childers|
|B123||123 AM Ryan Connelly||123 AQ Francis Walsh||123 AU Matt Childers||123 BM John Lombard|
|B125||123 CV Ryan Connelly|
|B123||123 AN Andrew Baumgartner||123 AR Jesse Stryker||123 AV Ryan Connelly||123 BN John Lombard|
|B125||123 CN Matt Childers||123 CP Kevin Smith||123 CT Matt Childers||123 CU Kevin Smith|
|B123||123 AO Matt Childers||123 AS Francis Walsh||123 BO John Lombard|
|B125||123 CO Kevin Smith||123 CQ Ryan Connelly|
|B123||123 AP Andrew Baumgartner|
|B125||123 CR Jesse Stryker|
More information is available here if you need to contact a TA or find another section in order to attend a make-up lab.
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.
A student must pass both the In-Class and the Homework parts of the lab course in order to pass the full physics 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 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 a grade of 0.0 for the entire 5 credit Physics 12x course (lecture+lab+tutorial).
|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.|
More information concerning due dates for pre-labs, in-class work, and post-labs.
Note that 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).
In some cases, missed work may be excused. This link explains the policies.