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PHYS 3650L - Modern Physics Laboratory
Course Syllabus - Spring 2013

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


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Course Description:

Number and Title:

PHYS 3650L (CRN 26633)
Modern Physics Laboratory

Credit Hours:

1.0 semester credit hour

Catalog Description:

Laboratory accompanying PHYS 3650.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

  • Co-requisite: PHYS 3650, Modern Physics or PHYS 3213, Principles of Physics III – Modern Physics

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://itpchoice.clayton.edu/policy.htm.

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to use the Windows 95TM operating system.
  • Able to use a the Microsoft Word 97TM 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:

o    To learn the basic laws of modern physics and how to apply them.

o    To learn how to use the scientific process and gain facility with experimental techniques.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Biology outcomes:

PHYS 3650L supports outcomes 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the biology major:

  • Outcome 2. Mastery of a broad range of basic lab skills applicable to biology.
  • Outcome 3.  Knowledge of physical science, mathematics, and statistics required to support an understanding of biology.
  • Outcome 4.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear concise manner.
  • Outcome 5.  Ability to collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in biological science and supporting fields.



Spring Semester 2013

Instructor Information:



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


Faculty Hall, Room 111


Office Hours:     

Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday:  3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Other times by appointment.  


Lab Meetings:

Lab room:

LAB, Room 104

Lab Times:

11:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., Wednesdays

Textbook information:


None required. However, the PHYS 3213 course text, Taylor/Zafiratos/Dubson, Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 2nd edition, Addison-Wesley, 2004, 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. 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 March 1, 2013.  Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link .

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, March 1, 2013.


Course Schedule:





 Jan 9

no lab 


Jan 16

no lab


 Jan 23

Speed of Light


Jan 30



Feb 6

Photoelectric Effect


Feb 13

Bragg Diffraction


Feb 20 

 The Emission Spectrum of Hydrogen


Feb 27

Emission Spectra

March 2-9

Spring Break


Mar 13

Atomic Orbitals


Mar 20

        Geiger-Müller Counting System


Mar 27

Absorption of Beta Particles


Apr 3

Photon Attenuation


Apr 10



Apr 17

Medical Physics


Apr 23

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: 

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 (April 25, 2013).

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 Wednesdays, 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, March 1, 2013.


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