Summer Quarter 2017
Instructor: David P. Smith
Office: Physics/Astronomy B257
Office Hours: By appointment: please phone or email.
Meeting Times and Locations
The Waves & Optics Lab meets in Rooms B123. In the schedule below, the TA's email address is linked to the TA's name.
|Summer 2017 Physics 123 TAs and Sections|
|B123||123 AO Emily Clark|
|B123||123 AM Sam Kowash||123 AP Chen Zou|
|B123||123 AN Sam Kowash|
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:
The first Pre-Lab homework is due before the first meeting.
|1: June 19-23||1||Resonance & Standing waves|
|2: June 26-30||2||Waves, Phase & Speed of sound|
|3: July 3-7||3||Light rays & Law of reflection|
|4: July 10-14||4||Mirrors|
|5: July 17-21||5||Lenses|
|6: July 24-28||6||Optical instruments|
|7: July 31 - Aug. 4||7||Diffraction & Interference|
|8: Aug. 7-11||8||Spectra & Planck's constant|
|9: Aug. 14-18||Make-up week. One missed lab only.|
Required 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 of the Department of Physics, Spring 2017 & Summer 2017, published by Hayden-McNeil (ISBN 978-0-7380-9073-3). It may be purchased at the University Bookstore for $20.00.
Online Lab Homework and Attendance Record
Online lab homework (Pre-Labs and Post-Labs) are done using the same MyLab and Mastering account that you use for lecture homework.
Attendance to the lab sections is recorded on the UW Canvas system. Contact your instructor to obtain the web address of your Canvas lab course, or look for it on MyUW.
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 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 Physics 12x course (lecture+lab+tutorial).
Due Dates and Make-up Work
|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.||20% reduction for every day late.|
Attendance is required to the regularly scheduled lab section. The TA will 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 explains the policies.
Before sending an email note the following:
- Make sure you have read the course syllabus and lab pages completely.
- TAs names and email addresses should be listed above.
- Requests for changes in registration are handled by the Program Coordinator, Susan Miller, in room C-136 in the Physics/Astronomy building.
- No one in the physics department can fix problems with your MyLab and Mastering account or a billing error. These need to be sent directly to MyLab and Mastering student customer support.
If after reading the above you still have a lab related question please send the lab instructor an email at email@example.com. Since we are using MyLab and Mastering for the first time this quarter, please CC Nikolai Tolich, firstname.lastname@example.org, who is overseeing the transition to this new online homework system.