PHY 124 Spring 2014 Main Page

Welcome to Physics 124, the laboratory component of Physics 122. If you were with us last semester in PHY 123, not much has changed in the lab format. This page is where to find all the materials you will require for the laboratory. It has clickable links (in green on the computer screen) to materials you need for this laboratory course. (The links in red are, on purpose, not yet active.) The manuals for each lab (experiment) in this course are in online format and include video content and tools to help you make calculations and plot the data you collect and record. Although a manual will help guide you through each lab, it is very important that you read each one and complete the MapleTA Lab Preparation exercise – in short, “lab pretest” – (accessible as an Assignment on the Blackboard course page for your PHY 124.L## lab section) before you come to each lab session. You will already be used to this procedure from last semester in PHY 123.

Before we start: YOUR email address

NEW (as of the Spring 2013 semester) ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION POLICY FOR ALL STONY BROOK STUDENTS: Email to your University email account is an important way of communicating with you for this course. For most students the email address is ‘firstname.lastname@stonybrook.edu’, and the account can be accessed here: http://www.stonybrook.edu/mycloud. It is your responsibility to read your email received at this account.

For instructions about how to verify your University email address see this: http://it.stonybrook.edu/help/kb/checking-or-changing-your-mail-forwarding-address-in-the-epo . You can set up email forwarding using instructions here: http://it.stonybrook.edu/help/kb/setting-up-mail-forwarding-in-google-mail . If you choose to forward your University email to another account, we are not responsible for any undeliverable messages.

Grading of work

Availability and grading of online pretests

The online pretest for each lab is worth 35 points. Each pretest is served to you during a particular time period and graded by the MapleTA server. Each pretest typically goes “live” for all lab sections around noon on Thursday of the week before the lab it deals with will be done. It goes “dark” (i.e., is no longer available) on a rolling schedule that is different for each lab section, viz., at the day and time that each lab section is scheduled to start its in-lab work. Unless there is an extreme circumstance that must be documented, in writing, in detail, the go-dark deadline is rigorous. We strongly advise you to log on and begin to work on each online pretest well before (days, not hours) the deadline for your lab section. The lab TAs and Prof. Koch are able to look in the MapleTA server and see complete records (log-on times, log-off times, what you entered for each problem) for each of your attempts on a pretest. You may have trouble with your computer, the network, whatever, that could prevent you from doing an online pretest “at the last minute”. Therefore, it behooves you not to wait until the last minute. Please make sure you click on the proper “buttons” to grade and log off from each online pretest before it goes “dark”. If you do not do this properly, it will leave a “hanging session” that Prof. Koch must manually “clean up” afterward.

While a pretest is “live”, you may make as many attempts as you want. There is no penalty for repeated attempts. However, once a pretest goes dark, you will not be able to gain access to it later “to try to improve your grade” on it.

The MapleTA server is programmed to pass your “best grade” (of all the attempts you made and properly logged out of) for each online pretest to the Blackboard gradebook for your particular PHY 124.L## lab section. How long it takes (the “latency period”) for the grade to be passed from the MapleTA server to Blackboard can vary. Rule of thumb: The day after you do the in-lab work for a given lab, you should log in to the Blackboard gradebook for your PHY 123.L## lab section to make sure the “best grade” on the pretest did, indeed, arrive. Don't wait until weeks later; do it the day after your lab section meets, and then, if there is a problem, email Prof. Koch.

Grading of in-lab work

A noteworthy feature of this course is that there is no written report due after each lab. You will be assessed in class by your TAs based on exercises you complete and discussions you have with them. The assessment is of the form Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory/Non-serious attempt. If the TA awards a grade of Satisfactory, you will get the remaining 65 points for the lab. If the TA awards a grade of Unsatisfactory, you will get 35 points but but only if the TA has evidence that you made a real attempt to do the lab. If the TA determines that yours was a non-serious attempt to do the lab, you will get 0 of the 65 points for that lab. Since all in-lab work is done in the lab room, you should count on being in lab for the full 1 hour 50 minutes.

Penalties

Missing the in-lab work for one or more labs

The following language also appears in the PHY 122 Course Syllabus and main wiki page. (Similar language also appeared in the PHY 121 Course Syllabus and main wiki page.) It is important, once again, to read it carefully and make sure you understand the policy:

You must attend ALL lab sessions; missing the in-lab work for more than one lab gets you an automatic “F” for the “Mother course”, PHY 122, as well as for the Lab course PHY 124! If you miss the in-lab work for one lab, your combined grade for both courrses will drop by one letter, e.g., B+ to C+, A to B, etc. “Missing” means you did not attend the regularly scheduled session when that particular lab was done by your lab section AND you did not attend the specially scheduled make-up session that included that particular lab. (If you do not do a lab pretest you will, naturally, get zero points for it, but there is no penalty beyond that.)

Makeup periods

If you miss a lab because of a documentable illness (official dated note signed by a physician with his/her phone number) or some kind of other documentable emergency (dated note signed by a responsible official with his/her phone number), you will be able to make up that lab but only during the make-up week that specifically includes that lab. You must arrange this with your TA and Prof. Koch and give both of them the required documentation. Make-up periods are scheduled for groups of labs; you may make-up a lab you missed for a valid reason only during the particular makeup period that includes that lab! You cannot make up a particular missed lab at just any of the three make-up in-lab sessions that are scheduled: you must go to the specific in-lab make-up session that is scheduled to include that particular missed lab.

To repeat the penalty described above: Any student missing one in-lab session and not making it up at the makeup session that is specifically scheduled to include that particular missed lab will have the letter grade for both PHY 124 and its parent course PHY 122 dropped by one letter! Any student missing more two or more in-lab sessions will fail both PHY 124 and its parent course PHY 122! This has happened to students in previous semesters, including last semester in PHY 123 and PHY 121; make sure you do not join them.

Late-to-lab penalty

Each lab period lasts will begin exactly at the scheduled starting time with a minute introductory lecture by your lab TA. Therefore, it is important that you arrive on-time ready to work. Beginning with Lab 2 and continuing throughout the rest of the semester, unless you have received permission, in advance, from your lab TA to be late for a reason you must justify, you will receive a 10-point grade penalty if you arrive late to lab. The lab TA will enforce this by posting a sign-in sheet on the lab door at least 5 minutes before each lab section begins. It is your responsibility to “sign in” on that lab sheet before the lab TA takes it off the door precisely at the scheduled starting time.

Personal integrity

You must sign in only yourself. Anyone caught signing in for another person will receive the following penalty for the first offense: zero credit for that lab even though s/he will be obliged to do all the in-lab work for it. For the second offense the penalty will be receiving an F for PHY 124 and PHY 122.

Additional information

For more detailed information about procedures please see the Instructions Page.

You can find information about your PHY 124.L## lab section (when and where it meets) and your TA's contact details on the Sections page.

Standard University Policies

NEW (as of the Spring 2013 semester) ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION POLICY FOR ALL STONY BROOK STUDENTS: Email to your University email account is an important way of communicating with you for this course. For most students the email address is ‘firstname.lastname@stonybrook.edu’, and the account can be accessed here: http://www.stonybrook.edu/mycloud. It is your responsibility to read your email received at this account.

For instructions about how to verify your University email address see this: http://it.stonybrook.edu/help/kb/checking-or-changing-your-mail-forwarding-address-in-the-epo . You can set up email forwarding using instructions here: http://it.stonybrook.edu/help/kb/setting-up-mail-forwarding-in-google-mail . If you choose to forward your University email to another account, we are not responsible for any undeliverable messages.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY. Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person’s work as your own is always wrong. Any suspected instance of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/uaa/academicjudiciary/

RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS. See the policy statement regarding religious holidays at http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/forms/RelHolPol%20081612%20cr.pdf . Students are expected to notify the course professors by email of their intention to take time out for religious observance. This should be done as soon as possible but definitely before the end of the ‘add/drop’ period. At that time they can discuss with the instructor(s) how they will be able to make up the work covered.

DISABILITIES. If you have a physical, psychiatric/emotional, medical or learning disability that may impact on your ability to carry out assigned course work, you should contact the staff in the Disability Support Services office [DSS], 632-6748/9. DSS will review your concerns and determine, with you, what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation of disability is confidential.

Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the website http://www.sunysb.edu/ehs/fire/disabilities.shtml

CRITICAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT. Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the University Police and the Office of University Community Standards any serious disruptive behavior that interrupts teaching, compromises the safety of the learning environment, and/or inhibits students’ ability to learn. See more here: http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/behavior.shtml

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