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PHYS 1112L - Introductory Physics Laboratory II
Course Syllabus - Summer 2019

The instructor reserves the right to make minor changes to the syllabus during the term. The instructor will notify students, via email or course announcement, when changes are made in the requirements and/or grading of the course.

Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations should contact the Disability Services Coordinator, Student Center 214, 678-466-5445, disabilityservices@mail.clayton.edu.

Course Description:

Number and Title:

PHYS 1112L (CRN 5063)

Introductory Physics Laboratory II

Credit Hours:

1.0 semester credit hour

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  http://www.clayton.edu/hub/itpchoice/notebookcomputerpolicy.

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

        Able to use the Windows  operating system.

        Able to use a the Microsoft Word word processing program.

        Able to send and receive e-mail using the Outlook ExpressTM program.

        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.

Course Objectives:

        To learn the basic laws of electricity and magnetism, and optics 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 1112L in the tables):

Communications outcomes components

Critical thinking outcomes components

Biology outcomes:

PHYS 1112L supports outcomes 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the biology major:

Outcome 2: Formulate hypotheses and collect, evaluate, and interpret scientific data to solve problems in biological science and supporting fields.

Outcome 3: Apply quantitative reasoning, modelling and simulations, and laboratory skills to answer questions in the biological sciences.

Outcome 4: Relate knowledge of the other sciences, including computer and social sciences, to biological concepts and skills.

Outcome5: Effectively communicate scientific ideas to others inside and outside of the biology discipline.

       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 http://www.clayton.edu/arts-sciences/teachered/standardsoutcomes

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.


Summer Semester 2019

Instructor Information:



Office Hours

Dr. Tatiana Krivosheev
phone: (678) 466-4783
fax: (678) 466-4899

internet: https://www.clayton.edu/faculty/tkrivosh/

Room 235K

Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Other times by appointment.

Lab Meetings:

Lab room:

Laboratory Annex Building, Room 104

Lab Times:

1:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m., Monday and Wednesday

Textbook information:


None required. However, the PHYS 1112 course text, Knight, Jones, Field, College Physics, 4th edition, Pearson, 2019, 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 midpoint, no midpoint grade will be reported for this course.  Students making unsatisfactory progress will be contacted individually by the instructor before midpoint. Based on this information, students 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 midpoint, which occurs on June 21, 2019.  Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, June 21, 2019.

Course Schedule:





Sample Spreadsheets

May 20

No Lab - Mandatory Meeting


May 22

Optional Introduction and Review


May 29

Electric Fields


June 3




June 5



June 10

No Lab


  June 12

dc Circuits


June 17

RC Circuits

RC Circuits


June 19

Galvanometers and Voltmeters


June 21

Last day to withdraw without academic accountability


June 24


June 26

No Lab


July 1

Faraday's Law



July 3

Snell's Law


July 8

Thin Lenses

   July 10

No Lab


July 15

Double Slit Interference


July 17


 July 22

                             No Lab           

Course Policies:

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

Attendance is required for lab and examination periods. Any absence must be accompanied by a written excuse from a competent authority (doctor, judge, etc).

Missed Work

Without excuse, a grade of zero points will 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: http://www.clayton.edu/portals/5/disruptiveclassroombehavior.pdf

Other Policies

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 (July 22, 2019).

Visitors (friends, children, etc.) may not attend lab without the permission of the instructor.

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

Important dates:

Laboratory report due dates: one week after the laboratory is performed with the exception of the last laboratory report of the course will be completed during the final lab period.

Last day to withdraw without academic penalty: Friday, June 21, 2019.

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