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PHYS 1112L - Introductory Physics Lab II
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 1112L (CRN 20357)
Introductory Physics II Lab

Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours (1-0-2)

Catalog Description:

Laboratory accompanying PHYS 1112, Introductory Physics II.


Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

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 



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. 

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will be used on-campus in every laboratory period in this course.

Desire2Learn  (Online Classroom):

On-line activity will take place in Desire2Learn, the virtual classroom for the course. Posting of your work in D2L is a course requirement.

You will post your labs to D2L through the DropBox feature. Include both a spreadsheet with formulas and also a document that contains a diagram of the experiment, a list of the pieces of equipment with their capabilities, a summary of the results of the experiment, and a discussion of the sources of error, both random and systematic.

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.

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 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:


Laboratory Annex Building Room 104

Class times:

3:30 p.m. – 4:50  p.m., Monday

Textbook Information:


None required. However PHYS 1112 uses: Serway and Vuille, College Physics, 10th edition, Brooks/Cole, 2015.


12 labs @ 50 points each






90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Course Schedule:

The course schedule for PHYS 1112, Introductory Physics I, is provided in the table below. Text chapter references are to Serway and Vuille, College Physics, 10th edition, 2015. Links for chapter numbers are to objectives, vocabulary and homework.



Lesson Topic


Jan 9

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


Jan 16

No class, MLK day


Jan 23

Electric Fields


Jan 30



Feb 6



Feb 13

dc Circuits


Feb 20

RC Circuits


Feb 27

Galvanometers and Voltmeters

March 6 - 11

Spring Break - No Classes


March 13



March 20

Faraday’s Law


March 27

Snell’s Law


April 3

Thin Lenses


April 10

Double Slit Interference


April 17


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.  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 one lab is missed, the student can opt to turn the final lab of the semester, usually done only as an in-class exam, into a full lab with report, to be counted instead of the 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 beginning on page 19 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 Clayton State University Academic Catalog and Student Handbook starting on page 14.

Writing Assistance
The goal of the Writers’ Studio is to give rise to better writers, not just to better writing. People who love to write, people who struggle mightily with it, and people who fall anywhere else on the spectrum can find a place at The Writers’ Studio—a place for students to come for writing guidance and feedback.

Each student may receive up to 90 minutes of assistance per day and 3 hours per week. Furthermore, both appointments and walk-ins are welcome. Here’s The Writers’ Studio’s contact information: 

Location:       Arts & Sciences Building, Room G-224

Phone:           678.466.4728 

Email:                        ws224@clayton.edu

Website:        http://clayton.edu/writersstudio

Visit The Writers’ Studio at http://clayton.edu/writersstudio or schedule your appointment online at http://clayton.mywconline.com (Note: first-time users need to complete a one-time registration prior to using the online appointment website). 

Other Policies

·      The use of simple calculators is allowed for all quizzes and examinations. 

·      All examinations are closed book. 

·      No student-produced "memory sheets" or note cards are allowed. 

·      An instructor-produced reference data pamphlet will be provided for all quizzes and examinations.

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 8, 2017