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PHYS 2211L - Principles of Physics Laboratory I
Course Syllabus - Fall 2018

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Course Description:

Number and Title:

PHYS 2211L (CRN 80255)
Principles of Physics Laboratory I

Credit Hours:

1.0 semester credit hour

Catalog Description:

Laboratory accompanying PHYS 2211, Principles of Physics I

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

 Prerequisites or co-requisite: MATH 2502, Calculus II

Co-requisite: PHYS 2211, Principles of Physics I

Note: Due to the co-requisite nature of PHYS 2211 and PHYS 2211L, if PHYS 2211L is dropped, then PHYS 2211 must also be dropped and vice versa.

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

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

Able to use the WindowsTM operating system.

Able to use the Microsoft WordTM word processing program.

Able to send and receive e-mail using the OutlookTM or 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 attach and retrieve attached files via email.

Able to use a Web browser.

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers are required in the classroom at every laboratory meeting. Bring your notebook computer to every laboratory meeting.

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.

Chemistry outcomes:

PHYS 2211L is a required course in the B.S. degree program in Chemistry. PHYS 2211L supports outcomes 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the Chemistry major:

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

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

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

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

7.collaborate effectively on team-oriented projects.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Course Outcome 1:  Be able to identify, describe, and apply the basic laws of classical mechanics and wave motion.

Course Outcome 2:  Be able to use the scientific process and gain facility with experimental techniques.


 Fall Semester 2018

Instructor Information:




Office Hours

Dr. Tatiana Krivosheev
phone: (678) 466-4783
fax: (678) 466-4899
internet: http://faculty.clayton.edu/tkrivosh/home

Lakeview Discovery and Science Center
Room 235K

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 

Monday and Wednesday 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m. 

 Other times by appointment.

Lab Meetings:

Lab room:

Magnolia Hall, Room 184

Lab Times:

2:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Wednesday   

Textbook information:


None required. However, the PHYS 2211 course text, Hugh D. Young and Roger A Freedman, University Physics, 14th edition, Pearson; 2015, is an important reference.


Laboratory reports 12 @ 50 points




The final examination for the course is scheduled during the final regularly scheduled laboratory period November 28, 2018.



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. 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 mid-term, which occurs on October 5, 2018.  Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, October 5, 2018.

Course Schedule:





Aug 15

Intro Lab – Attendance Required


Aug 22

Measurement and Error Propagation

2 Aug 29 Opposing Forces


Sep 5

Acceleration due to Gravity


Sep 12

No Lab


Sep 19

Projectile Motion


Sep 26

Pressure in Fluids

6 October 3 Archimedes Principle

Oct  5

Midterm - last day to withdraw without accountability


 Oct 6 - 9

No Lab - Fall Break


Oct 17

Conservation of Energy


Oct 24

 Ballistic Pendulum


Oct 31

Center of Mass


Nov 7

Oscillatory Motion


Nov 14

Standing Waves Lab


Nov 28

Final Exam Lab

Course Policies:

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 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 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

Weapons on Campus 
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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 (November 28, 2018).

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:

In-class final examination: November28, 2018.

Last day to drop without academic accountability: Friday, October 5, 2018.

Copyright © 2018 Tatiana Krivosheev


Sunday, January 7, 2018

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