Spring Quarter 2014
Instructor: Prof. Gerald Seidler
Office: B448 Physics/Astronomy Building
Office Hours: By appointment; please email
Meeting Times and Locations
The Waves & Optics Lab meets in Rooms B123 & 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:
Required Lab Manual
The lab course requires the in-class use of a custom lab manual:
Physics 123: Waves & Optics Laboratory, by the Faculty of the Department of Physics, Autumn 2013, Winter/Spring/Summer 2014, published by Hayden-McNeil (ISBN 978-0-7380-6365-2). It may be purchased at the University Bookstore for $19.00.
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 is due on WebAssign before the first meeting.
|1: Apr. 1-4||No lab meeting. Do Pre-Lab 1|
|2: Apr. 8-11||1||Resonance & Standing waves|
|3: Apr. 15-18||2||Waves, Phase & Speed of sound|
|4: Apr. 22-25||3||Light rays & Law of reflection|
|5: Apr. 28 - May 2||4||Mirrors|
|6: May 6-9||5||Lenses|
|7: May 13-16||6||Optical Instruments|
|8: May 20-23||7||Diffraction & Interference|
|9: May 27-30||8||Spectra & Planck's constant|
|10: June 3-6||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:
Unless, at the end of the term, a student has (1) completed at least 6 in-class sessions (either as regularly scheduled or as make-up), and (2) achieved a score of at least 60% of the total possible points from online work and class participation, the grade for the entire 5 credit Physics 121, 122 or 123 course (lecture+lab+tutorial) will be 0.0.
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.