PHYS 2212L - Principles of Physics Lab II
Course Syllabus – Spring 2019

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Course Description:

Number and Title:

PHYS 2212 (CRN 20784)
Principles of Physics Lab II

Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours (1-0-2)

Catalog Description:

Laboratory accompanying PHYS 2212, Principles of Physics II.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

  • Co-requisite: PHYS 2212, Principles of 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:

You will need either Microsoft Excel or a compatible spreadsheet program


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

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to send and receive e-mail

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:

Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.Notebook computers will be used extensively. 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. Homework will be done through webassign.net, and students will be required to purchase a subscription.

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.

Instructions for accessing webassign.net will be provided in class.

Program Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

The Clayton State University Core Curriculum outcomes (see Area D) are located in the Graduation Requirements section of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

Biology outcomes:

PHYS 2212L is a required course in the B.S. degree program in Chemistry.PHYS 2212L supports outcomes 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the Chemistry major:

  • 1.demonstrate a broad range of basic laboratory skills applicable to chemistry, and improved chemical research skills.


    2.apply knowledge of physics and mathematics to solve chemical problems.

    3.communicate scientific information in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing.

    4.collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in chemistry and supporting fields.

    5.collaborate effectively on team-oriented project

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 235A

Office hours:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Other times by appointment

Class Meetings:


Lab Annex, Room 104

Class times:

1:35 p.m. - 3:25 p.m., Tuesday


12 Labs @ 50 points each




90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report:

Mid-term grades are not provided for lab courses. The student may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W."  Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, by mid-term, which occurs on March 1. Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is March 1, 2019

Course Schedule:

The course schedule for PHYS 2212, Principles of Physics Lab 2, is provided in the table below. The “Lesson Topic” column contains links to PDF of “Advance Sheets” describing each lab activity.



Lesson Topic


Jan 8

Introductory Meeting--Attendance required for roll call.

1 Jan 15 Optional: Errors


Jan 22

Electric Fields


Jan 29

Electric Potential


Feb 05



Feb 12

dc Circuits


Feb 19

RC Circuits


Feb 26

Galvanometers & Voltmeters


Mar 01

Last day to withdraw without academic accountability


Mar 02

Mar 08

Spring Break – No Classes

8 Mar 12 EKG


Mar 19

Faraday’s Law


Mar 26

Snell’s Law


Apr 02

Thin Lenses


Apr 09

Double Slit Interference


Apr 16


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:

  • Make-up quizzes will be given only if they are taken before quiz solutions are posted (afternoon of the day the quiz is given).  If the make-up quiz cannot be taken before the solutions are posted, the missed quiz will be counted as a quiz which can be dropped (approximately twelve to fourteen quizzes will be given in the course).  The highest ten quiz scores will be used to calculate the course grade.
  • Make-up examinations will be given only if they are taken before graded examinations are returned to students (next class period).  In the event that a make-up examination cannot be taken before exams are returned to other students, the missed examination will not count in calculating the course grade.  This means that other graded work will be
    responsible for a greater weight in determining the course final grade.
  • The final examination must be taken. Students missing the final examination should contact their instructor concerning the applicability of an Incomplete grade.

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.


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

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Weapons on Campus
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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.

Last update: August 2, 2018