Dear Physics Laboratory Students,
Welcome to the Introductory Physics Laboratory (IPL)!
Please, carefully read over our letter, General Information, Lab Syllabus, and the other general topics that are available on the website. This material describes important information about the course.
Lab Manual and Other Needed Materials
Please, make sure that you have purchased a copy of the lab manual by Batishchev, Hyde & Rankine “Experiments for the Introductory Physics Laboratory”, ISBN 978-0-7380-4880-3 from the NU Campus Bookstore. This same manual is used for both semesters, and covers physics courses in four Colleges: Engineering, Health Sciences, Professional Studies, and Science. You will also need a USB flash (thumb) drive for data storage, a calculator, a clear plastic ruler and pencils to use in physics lab.
Be sure to attend your first scheduled laboratory class, which is listed by a specific day and time on your schedule, and starts with the first official day of University classes. The IPL classes are all located on the 3rd floor of Churchill Hall. You will perform the first experiment at the first section meeting time. Group A does the 1st experiment during the first week, while Group B during the 2nd week. Your Group (A or B) can be determined by looking up your Course Registration Number and matching it to the list that is posted on the Syllabus page. If it is not posted, or you are unsure, contact your TA or IPL Supervisor.
Please look at the Lab Reports page. The downloadable pdf files give you step-by-step instructions on how to submit your lab reports using “Turnitin” using your Physics Laboratory Blackboard website. Do not use the Lecture course Blackboard site to submit your Lab reports. The Physics Lab and Lecture are paired courses (you cannot take one without the other), but they have separate Blackboard sites and you will have separate grades on your transcript. In addition to an independent 1 credit grade, your Lab grade will factor into your Lecture course grade (15%). So, if you work hard and take it seriously, doing well in Lab is an easy way to improve your Lecture grade.
Please also be conscientious and take responsibility for your own work. Plagiarism is not allowed and it is automatically monitored using a sophisticated computer analysis program. Please see the Grading and Make-ups section so that you are aware of important grading policies. We ask that you check the Blackboard grade-book site with regularity to make sure that your lab report grade has been registered and graded properly and promptly. If you find discrepancies, please contact your TA immediately. If your labs are not graded in a timely fashion (typically one week), it is important that you contact the Lab Supervisor (Tom Hamrick) or us so that we can remedy the situation.
We hope you have an enjoyable term.