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PHYS 2212L - Principles of Physics II Laboratory

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, 25 Edgewater Hall, 678-466-5445, disabilityservices@clayton.edu.

Course Description:

Number and Title:

PHYS 2212L (CRN 50277)
Principles of Physics Laboratory II

Credit Hours:

1.0 semester credit hour

Catalog Description:

Laboratory accompanying PHYS 2212, Principles of Physics II

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:


PHYS 2211, Principles of Physics I and PHYS 2211L, Principles of Physics Laboratory I


PHYS 2212, Principles of Physics II

Note: Due to the co-requisite nature of PHYS 2212 and PHYS 2212L, 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 http://www.clayton.edu/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 OutlookTM or Outlook ExpressTM program
  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email.
  • Able to use a Web browser.

Only use your CSU e-mail account or the e-mail system included in D2L to communicate academic information to your instructor.

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:

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 projects.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Course Outcome 1:  Be able to identify and describe the basic laws of electricity and `magnetism, and optics and how to apply them.  

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


Spring Semester 2018

Instructor Information:


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


Lakewiew Discovery and Science Center, Room 235K

Office Hours:     

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 2212 course text, University Physics with Modern Physics (14th Edition) by Hugh D. Young,Roger A. Freedman,Lewis Ford; Pearson (2015)  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:





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


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


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 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

Clayton State University is committed to providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Information on laws and policies regulating weapons on campus are available at 


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: weekly on Mondays, 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 drop without academic accountability: Friday, June 21, 2019.

e-mail: TatianaKrivosheev@clayton.edu

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