Physics 123 Waves & Optics Laboratory

Spring Quarter 2018

Instructor Name: Jens Gundlach
Email: gundlach@npl.washington.edu
Office: Physics/Astronomy C529
Office Hours: By Appointment - please email
Telephone: (206) 543-8774

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 Rooms B123 and B125. In the schedule below, the TA's email address is linked to the TA's name.

Spring 2018 Physics 123 TAs and Sections
Time/RoomMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
1130-120 
 
B123PHYS 123 DM
TA: Andy Goldschmidt   | LA: Noah Tashbook
PHYS 123 DO
TA: Antoine Wegrowski   | LA: Timothy Mathew
PHYS 123 BM
TA: Antoine Wegrowski
B125PHYS 123 CO
TA: Tyler Blanton   | LA: Noah Tashbook
PHYS 123 CR
TA: Sage Sarwas   | LA: Timothy Mathew
PHYS 123 CU
TA: Andy Goldschmidt   | LA: Noah Tashbook
PHYS 123 DU
TA: Sage Sarwas
130-320 
 
B123 
 
PHYS 123 CN
TA: Antoine Wegrowski   | LA: Timothy Mathew
PHYS 123 DQ
TA: Sage Sarwas
PHYS 123 BN
TA: Antoine Wegrowski
B125PHYS 123 CP
TA: Tyler Blanton
PHYS 123 DS
TA: Ryan Hufschmid   | LA: Timothy Mathew
330-520 
 
B123PHYS 123 CM
TA: Sage Sarwas
PHYS 123 BO
TA: Anthony Ciavarella
B125 
 
PHYS 123 DT
TA: Sage Sarwas
530-720P 
 
B123PHYS 123 DN
TA: Ryan Hufschmid   | LA: Timothy Mathew
PHYS 123 DP
TA: Antoine Wegrowski
B125PHYS 123 CQ
TA: Jared Callaham   | LA: Timothy Mathew
PHYS 123 CS
TA: Sam Kowash
730-920P 
 
B123 
 
B125PHYS 123 DR
TA: Anthony Ciavarella
PHYS 123 CT
TA: 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:

Spring Quarter 2018 Time Schedule, Physics labs



Labs Schedule

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

Week/DatesLabTitle
1: Mar. 26-30Do Pre-Lab 1
2: Apr. 2-61Resonance & Standing waves
3: Apr. 9-132Waves, Phase & Speed of sound
4: Apr. 16-203Light rays & Law of reflection
5: Apr. 23-274Mirrors
6: Apr. 30 - May 45Lenses
7: May 7-116Optical instruments
8: May 14-187Diffraction & Interference
9: May 21-258Spectra & Planck's constant
10: May 28 - Jun. 1Make-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.

The deadline for all online homework is 11:59 PM Sunday night. 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.