**General
Physics I Laboratory PHYS 120L**

**Elements
of
Physics I Laboratory PHYS 140L **

**Fall
Session, 2008**

__Procedures
and Syllabus__

**Instructor
**
__Office
Hours:__

Mr.
J. Croom, M.S.
*Directly before or after class*

Croomj2@scranton.edu
*or by appointment*

*
*

**Course
Objectives**

• To learn the concepts and
principles of
Physics

• To strengthen the
understanding of these
concepts and principles through application to the real world

• To continue to develop
mathematical and quantitative
skills

**Textbook
and Reference Material**

Knight. __ Physics__
San Francisco: Addison-Wesley Publishing, 2004.

LAB NUMBER |
Knight. |

1 |
pp. 26 - 30 |

2 |
pp. 35
– 62, 65 - 69 |

3 |
pp. 122 - 128 |

4 |
pp. 129 - 132 |

5 |
pp. 62
– 64, 114-116, 132-137 |

6 |
pp. 153-162, 239-256, 270-280 |

7 |
pp. 177-190 |

8 |
pp. 369 - 391 |

9 |
pp. 444-450,
495-505, 513-520, 536-539, 579 |

10 |
pp.493-495,
520-526, 530-533 |

11 |
pp. 414-431 |

12 |
pp.611-628,
646-664, 672-674 |

**Course
Policies**

•
Attendance is mandatory.
Lateness is not tolerated.
Quizzes will be given at the beginning of the
period. There are **no** make-ups for quizzes, and **no**
extra quiz time will be given to students who come late to class.

•
There will be about 10 quizzes during the
semester, each quiz will be based on the previous completed experiments. These quizzes are open
notes.

•
Each person is to write up **two
formal** lab during the semester. You
may not write up the same lab as your partner.
Your lab report must be handend in on or before 10/6/08
and 11/17/08

Lab
reports will not be accepted after 6PM on these dates.
Each person is to collect the experimental
data and complete all calculations and associated graphs from each
experiment,
following the guidelines on the back of this page.
This is considered **lab work**
and is to be neatly done in ink, and turned in no later
then one week after the experiment is completed.
Graphs are to be done on a computer graphing
program showing results of the appropriate curve fit. If you have
completed the
formal report for a particular experiment, you do not need to hand in
the data
on a separate sheet of paper.

•
Attendance for each lab is mandatory.
Your final semester letter grade will be
dropped one half letter grade for each lab missed. Make-ups for labs
will be
allowed at the discretion of the instructor (YOU MUST HAVE A
SUBSTANTIAL REASON
FOR MISSING LAB), and will be given only with prior arrangements (SPEAK
TO ME
BEFORE YOU MISS THE LAB).

**Grading**

There
will be one formal report, informal lab report on each lab, and about
12
quizzes.

50% Quizzes

30% Formal reports

20% Lab Work and Questions

Final
class letter grades will be earned as follows:

95-100
A
75-79
C+

90-94
A-
70-74
C

87-89
B+
65-69
D+

83-86
B
60-64
D

80-82
B-
59 and below
F

**Lab
Report Write-Up**

Reports
are graded out of 100 possible points.
For reports, you may want to photocopy your blank lab
manual, and then
neatly transcribe your data and answers to calculations in the space
provided
in the manual. Then
you may want to cut
and paste the questions from the lab manual onto a blank page to give
yourself
plenty of room to answer questions (I don’t think the manual
leaves enough room
for the answers to some questions.)

**LAB
PARTNERS MAY WORK TOGETHER ONLY ON
#6, #7, and #8 **

1) __Ten Points__ *Neatness and Organization:* Reports are to be neat,
done in ink not
pencil, preferably typed,
MUST BE
STAPLED.* *

2) __Ten Points__ *Title page:*
Experiment title, your name, date, and class
meeting time.

3) __Ten Points__ *Abstract: * one
paragraph that briefly outlines
experimental goals. Make
sure that your
summary describes how these goals were attained through the experiment.

4)
__Ten Points __*List
of
apparatus*

5) __Ten
points for background__ :

One page introduction to the
theories
investigated in the experiment. Cite
all
references, two references are a minimum.

6) __Ten
Points for Data__

All
data collected in the lab must be presented in the lab report,
preferably in
the same formated data table as given in the lab manual. You may want to photocopy
the blank data
pages __before__ you do the experiment, and then
re-write your data neatly
into the clean copy for the report or retype tables.

7) __Ten
points each calculation__
:

* ***Must
write out fully each question that
is asked, followed by your answer to that question (or cut and paste
question
from photocopy of lab manual).**
Must show all work for credit by providing a
complete sample for each calculation: start calculation with the
formula used,
then show equation with numbers in place for the variables, and then
show
result with units. (ie. *W*
=
*mg* = (0.5 kg)(9.8 m/s2) = 4.9
N.)

8) __Ten
points for graphs (only if lab asks
for graph(s))__ :

Graph
must have title, labeled axes with units, plot of data, and curve fit
equation
showing correlation coefficient (R^{2}). Graphs must be done using
a computer graphing
program, showing best fit equation of the graph.
For example, if you do a “linear” fit,
the
equation will be that of a line and may look like y=0.235x + 0.003,
where slope
would be the 0.235 term. No
credit will
be given to hand-drawn graphs done on regular lined or plain white
paper.

•
9)
* *__Ten
points each question__ :

* Only
required questions - see table below. * **Must write out fully each question that is
asked, followed by your answer to that question (or cut and paste
question from
photocopy of lab manual)**.
Must show
all work for full credit for any calculations as specified above in
section
(6).

•
10) __Ten
points one page summary__ :

* *One
page summary of lab: **THIS IS NOT** a
summary of the procedures, but is a summary of the __concepts__
studied in
the experiment, how the experiment backed up the theory, and an
explanation of
any source of error.

11)
__ List of
References__

**LAB# DATES
EXPERIMENT TITLE
**

1
8/25
Kinematics Part
I—Walking For Data

2
9/8
Kinematics Part
II--Falling Objects

3
9/15
Addition of
Vectors; Equilibrium
of a Particle

4
9/22
Uniformly Accelerated
Motion

5
9/29
Friction

6
10/6
Motion in Two Dimensions
Projectile Motion
7
10/20
Uniform Circular Motion

8
10/27
Energy and the
Ballistic Pendulum

9
11/3
Collisions in Two
Dimensions

10
11/10
Equilibrium of
a Rigid Body

11
11/17
Simple
Harmonic Motion: Spring and Pendulum

12
12/1
Properties of
Fluids/Thermodynamics

**
This syllabus may be changed/amended
by the instructor**