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PHYS 1111L - Introductory Physics Laboratory I
Course Syllabus - Fall 2016

| Course description | Objectives | Outcomes | Term | Instructor information | Class meetings |
| Text | | Evaluation | Grading | Mid-term progress report | Course schedule | Course policies | Important dates |

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Course Description:

Number and Title:

PHYS 1111L (CRN 80341/81529)
Introductory Physics Laboratory I

Credit Hours:

1.0 semester credit hour

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.

Notebook 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 /hub/itpchoice/notebookcomputerpolicy. 

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to use the WindowsTM operating system.
  • Able to use a the Microsoft WordTM word processing program.
  • Able to send and receive e-mail using the Outlook ExpressTM program.  Only use your CSU e-mail account or the e-mail system included in D2L to communicate academic information to your instructor.
  • Able to use a Web browser.

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will be used in the laboratory in this course. You should bring your notebook computer to every laboratory meeting. Computers will also be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.

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

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.


Teacher Education Policy: 


Teacher Education Policy: 

The content of this course syllabus correlates to education standards established by national and state education governing agencies, accrediting agencies and learned society/ professional education associations.  Please refer to the course correlation matrices located at the following web site

Conceptual Framework:


The mission of the Teacher Education Unit is to prepare professional educators who engage in reflective practice and who are competent, caring, committed, collaborative, culturally responsive, and prepared to teach diverse learners in an ever-changing society.  For the complete CSU Teacher Education Unit Conceptual Framework, follow this link https://www.google.com/url?q=/portals/693/docs/Conceptual-Framework.doc&sa=U&ved=0ahUKEwjoq53_3sHOAhXK5iYKHVYbDA8QFggEMAA&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNG_Fx3lHZ1Xl0W4b47CCmD9hEcAoA


Fall 2016

Instructor Information:



Office Hours

Dr. Tatiana Krivosheev
phone:  (678) 466-4783
fax: (678) 466-4899
e-mail: TatianaKrivosheev@clayton.edu
internet: /faculty/tkrivosh

Lakeview Discovery and Science Center,
Room 235K

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Other times by appointment

 Mr. Michael Norman
phone:  (678) 466-4783
fax: (678) 466-4899
e-mail: MichaelNorman@clayton.edu
internet: TBA

 Lakeview Discovery and Science Center, 
Room 235 TBA

Class Meetings:

        Tuesday, 12:35 p.m. - 2:25 p.m., NBS, Room 184 (CRN 80341)

        Tuesday, 3:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m., NBS, Room 184 (CRN 81529)

Textbook information:


None required. However, the PHYS 1111 course text, Serway/Vuille, College Physics, Volume 1, 10th edition, Cengage Learning, 2014, is an important reference.


Laboratory reports 12 @ 50 points






90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report

Due to the relatively small number of laboratory reports that will have been returned by mid-term, no mid-term grade will be reported for this course.  Students making unsatisfactory progress will be contacted individually by the instructor before mid-term.  Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, or withdraw on-line using the Swan by mid-term, which occurs on October 7.  Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link .

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, October 7, 2016.

Course Schedule:





Aug 16

Introductory Lab - Mandatory Attendance


    Aug 23

Introduction to the ExcelTMSpreadsheet Program


Aug 30

Acceleration Due to Gravity
Graphing with the ExcelTMSpreadsheet Program


Sep 6

No Lab


Sep 13

Opposing Forces


         Sep 20

Projectile Motion


 Sep 27

Pressure in Fluids

            6           Oct 4                      Conservation of Energy


Oct 7

Midterm - last day to withdraw without accountability

         Oct 11                          No Lab - Fall Break


Oct 18

Ballistic Pendulum


Oct 25

Archimedes Principle


Nov 1

Center of Mass


Nov 8

Oscillatory Motion


Nov 15

Standing Waves


Nov 22

Final Examination

          Nov 29                                   No Lab



Course Policies:

 General Policy

Students must abide by policies in the  Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.


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

On-time attendance is expected for lab.  Students that are not present at the beginning of the lab's introduction, will not be allowed to participate in the lab, and will not be allowed to submit a lab report the following week.

Attendance is required for lab and examination periods. Any absence must be accompanied by a written excuse from a doctor. Without excuse, a grade of zero points may be assigned for the missed work.

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 Student Life/Judicial Affairs.   Judicial procedures are described beginning on page 14 of the Student Handbook (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. A more detailed description of examples of disruptive behavior and appeal procedures is provided at: /Portals/5/DisruptiveClassroomBehavior.pdf

Other Policies

While lab data may be taken in lab groups, all work on laboratory reports must be individual work, including word processing, spreadsheet development, diagrams and graphs. A grade of zero will be assigned to all persons involved in copied work. Additionally, disciplinary action may be initiated for academic dishonesty.

Laboratory reports are due at the beginning of the next meeting after the lab was conducted. Late submission of the laboratory reports will result in a grade penalty of 10% of the available points per working day (Monday through Friday) that the assignment is late. Late reports will not be accepted after the final course meeting (November 22, 2016).

Visitors (friends, children, etc.) are strictly prohibited from attending lab without the permission of the instructor.  

No smoking, eating or drinking is permitted at any time in the lab room.


Important dates:

Last day to drop without academic accountability: Friday, October 7, 2016

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