Enter Title



PHYS 1112L - Introductory Physics Lab II
Course Syllabus – Fall 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 1112 (CRN 80169)
Introductory Physics Lab II

Credit Hours:

1.0 semester credit hours

Catalog Description:

Laboratory accompanying PHYS 1112, Introductory Physics II.

Course Co-requisite:

PHYS 1112, Introductory Physics II.

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)

Microsoft Excel or similar spreadsheet program

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 OutlookTM

Only use your CSU e-mail account or the e-mail system included in D2L to communicate academic information to your instructor.

  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email
  • Able to use a Web browser.
  • Ability to use a spreadsheet program (class will review spreadsheet basics and introduce more advanced features)

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will be used every class to make spreadsheets displaying measured quantities, calculating theoretical quantities, and making graphs. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor

Desire2Learn (Online Classroom):

On-line activity will take place in Desire2Learn, the virtual classroom for the course. Viewing videos and answering quizzes on D2L is a course requirement.

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 handed in by a week after we have performed them on a Dropbox in D2L.

Program Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

The Clayton State University Core Curriculum outcomes (see Area D) are located on pages 107 and 108 of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

Biology outcomes:

PHYS 1112L is a required course in the B.S. degree program in Biology. PHYS 1111 supports outcomes 2,3,4 and 4 of the biology major:

  • Biology Outcome 2: Mastery of a broad range of basic lab skills applicable to biology.
  • Biology Outcome 3: Knowledge of physical science, mathematics, and statistics required to support an understanding of biology.
  • Biology Outcome 4: Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear concise manner.
  • Biology Outcome 5: Ability to collect, evaluate, and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in biological science and supporting fields

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Course Outcome 1: To learn the basic laws of electricity and magnetism and optics and how to apply them.
  • Course Outcome 2: To learn how to use the scientific process and gain facility with experimental techniques.

Instructor Information:


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


Lakeview Discovery Center, Room 235-A

Office hours:

Thuesday and Thursday, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Other times by appointment

Class Meetings:


Lab Annex Building, Room 104

Class times:

12:00 p.m. -1:50 p.m., Monday

Textbook Information:


There is no textbook specifically for the lab but the textbook for the associated class (PHYS 1112) may be useful.


12 labs @ 50 points each






90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Course Schedule:

The course schedule for PHYS 1112L, Introductory Physics Lab II, is provided in the table below. Links to the “Advance Sheets” are provided. Advance sheets should be read before each lab.



Lesson Topic


Aug 14

Introductory Meeting--Attendance required for roll call. Review of Excel, Errors


Aug 21

No lab, total eclipse!


Aug 28

Electric Fields

Sep 4

No lab, labor day!


Sep 11



Sep 18



Oct 2

dc Circuits


Oct 16

RC Circuits

Oct 9

No lab, Fall Break!


Oct 23

Galvanometers and Voltmeters


Oct 30


Oct 30

Faraday’s Law


Nov 6

Snell’s Law


Nov 13

Thin Lenses


Nov 20

Double Slit Interference


Nov 27


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.

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. If a valid excuse is provided:

A lab might be made up by participating in the other section. Please contact Prof. Krivosheev in that case.

  • The final lab has the option of doubling to make up a missed 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 in the section of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook titled, Procedures for Adjudicating Alleged Academic Conduct Infractions.

Plagiarism Detection Software.
Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. You should submit your papers in such a way that no identifying information about you is included.

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 Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures sections of the Clayton State University Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

Center for Academic Success

The Center for Academic Success (CAS) provides personalized one-on-one peer and professional staff tutoring in over 100 core subjects. The Center is located in Edgewater Hall Suite 276. The CAS also offers moderated study groups, informal study sessions, a comfortable study environment, a student study lounge, and it’s all free! Use the CAS if you need help; become a tutor if you don’t. For more information you can e-mail the center at thecas@clayton.edu

Weapons on Campus
Clayton State University is committed to providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Information on laws and policies regulating weapons on campus are available at


Last update: August 12, 2017