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PHYS 1111L - Introductory Physics Lab I
Course Syllabus – Spring 2017

Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations should contact 
the Disability Services Coordinator, Edgewater Hall 255, (678) 466-5445, disabilityservices@mail.clayton.edu

Course Description:

Number and Title:

PHYS 1111L (CRN 20355)
Introductory Physics Lab I

Credit Hours:

1.0 semester credit hours 

Catalog Description:

Laboratory accompanying PHYS 1111, Introductory Physics I

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

Co-requisite: PHYS 1111, Introductory Physics I.

Note: Due to the co-requisite nature of PHYS 1111 and PHYS 1111L, students dropping one of the two courses must also drop the other.

Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to 


Software Requirement:

To properly access the course content you will need to download the following free software:

·       Adobe Reader (needed to access files in PDF format): http://get.adobe.com/reader/

·       Adobe Flash (needed to access video content): http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to use the WindowsTM operating system 
  • Able to use Microsoft WordTM word processing 
  • Able to send and receive e-mail using the Clayton State University e-mail system using OutlookTM.
  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email 
  • Able to use a Web browser. 

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Notebook computers will be used extensively in PHYS 1111L. Notebook computers are required for virtually all lab meetings.

Desire2Learn  (Online Classroom):

On-line activity will take place in Desire2Learn, the virtual classroom for the course.

You can gain access to Desire2Learn, by signing on to the SWAN portal and selecting: ”D2L” on the top right side.  If you experience any difficulties in Desire2Learn, please email or call The HUB at TheHub@mail.clayton.edu or (678) 466-HELP. You will need to provide the date and time of the problem, your SWAN username, the name of the course that you are attempting to access, and your instructor's name.

Labs will be turned in through the DropBox feature of D2L. Labs should contain both a spreadsheet with formulas entered and a write-up that includes a diagram of the experimental set-up, a list of the equipment used and the capabilities of each piece of equipment, a presentation of the results, and a discussion of the sources of error, both random and systematic.

Course Objectives:

•       To learn the basic laws of classical mechanics and wave motion, and how to apply them.

•       To learn how to use the scientific process and gain facility with experimental techniques.


Student Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

The following links provide tabular descriptions of the communications outcome and the critical thinking outcome components (see PHYS 1111L in the tables):

·        Communications outcomes components

·        Critical thinking outcomes components

Biology outcomes:

PHYS 1111L supports outcomes 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the biology major:

•       Outcome 2.  Demonstrate a mastery of a broad range of basic lab and technology skills applicable to biology.

•       Outcome 3.  Apply knowledge of physical sciences, mathematics, and statistics to biological concepts.  

•       Outcome 4.  Communicate scientific information in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing.

•       Outcome 5.  Demonstrate the ability to collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in biological science and supporting fields.


Course Learning Outcomes:

  • To learn the basic laws of classical mechanics and wave motion, and how to apply them. 
  • To learn how to use the scientific process and gain facility with experimental techniques.


Spring Semester 2017

Instructor Information:


Dr. Bram Boroson
phone: (678) 466-4867
e-mail: BramBoroson@clayton.edu
internet: http://faculty.clayton.edu/bboroson


Lakeview Discovery Science, 235A

Office hours:

Monday 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Other times by appointment

Class Meetings:


Magnolia Hall 184

Class times:

12:35 p.m. -2:25 p.m., Tuesday

Textbook Information:

No textbook




90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report:

There are no mid-term grades for labs.

Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, March 3, 2017.

Course Schedule:

Course Policies:

General Policy
Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.  The Student Handbook is part of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook, which begins on page 6.

University Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy
Attendance is expected for all class periods.  Attendance is required for quiz and examination periods.  Any absence must be accompanied by a written excuse from a doctor or other competent authority.  

Missed Work
Without a valid excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for the missed work. The last lab of the semester is a special examination lab. Either students may complete their work during the lab period or they may write a regular lab report, in which case the lab can count twice and take the place of any missing lab.

Academic Dishonesty

Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism.  All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved.  All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Community Standards.  Judicial procedures are described beginning on page 19 in the section of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook titled, Procedures for Adjudicating Alleged Academic Conduct Infractions.

Disruption of the Learning Environment

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not be tolerated. While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior.  A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.  A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.  If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF. 

More detailed descriptions of examples of disruptive behavior are provided in the Clayton State University Academic Catalog and Student Handbook starting on page 14.

Operation Study
At Clayton State University, we expect and support high motivation and academic achievement. Look for Operation Study activities and programs this semester that are designed to enhance your academic success such as study sessions, study breaks, workshops, and opportunities to earn Study Bucks (for use in the University Bookstore) and other items.  See the following site for details:


Last update: January 9, 2017



Lesson Topic


Jan 10

Lab Basics and Problem Solving


Jan 17

No Lab, MLK Day on Monday


Jan 24



Jan 31

Acceleration due to gravity


Feb 7

Opposing forces


Feb 14

Projectile motion


Feb 21

Pressure in fluids

Feb 28

Conservation of Energy

Mar 04

Last day to withdraw without academic accountability

Mar 6
Mar 12

Spring Break – No Classes


Mar 14

Archimedes Principle


Mar 21

Ballistic pendulum


Mar 28

Center of Mass


Apr 4

Oscillatory motion


Apr 11

Standing Waves


Apr 18