Course Syllabus Fall 2014
PH 141A College Physics I Lab (2 Credits)

Instructor: Dr. Chris Pettit
Office: SH 26
Phone: 341-5929
Office Hours:MTWRF 11:00 am - 12:00 pm or by appointment


Lab: TR 8:00 AM - 9:50 AM in SH 38

Tools: Lab notebook, graph paper, scientific calculator, ruler or straight edge and protractor.

Course Description: This course is a laboratory component and must be taken concurrently with PH 140 College Physics I lecture. This course is designed to help you improve your understanding of the physics concepts presented in the lecture through the use of hands-on experiences and problem solving. You will be provided an opportunity to improve you quantitative skills of measurement and analysis, and be expected to clearly communicate your results.

Attendance:  You are expected to attend class regularly and be on time.  If you must miss class for a good reason, provide a written request to the instructor for permission to complete the lab at different time.  In your request provide the reason for the absence and several times that you are available to make up the lab.  Labs for excused absences must be completed within a week of returning to class.

Lab Reports:  Written lab reports will be collected for each lab unless otherwise noted.   Labs are typically performed in a group setting, but each member of the group is required to turn in their own individual lab report.  All work on the report must be your own, using data that you helped to collect during the lab period.  Lab reports are due at the beginning of the next lab period.  Late labs are not accepted after graded labs have been returned.

Academic Honesty Policy:  The following ESU “Academic Honesty Policy” pertains and will be enforced:  “Academic dishonesty, a basis for disciplinary action, includes but is not limited to activities such as cheating and plagiarism (presenting as one’s own the intellectual or creative accomplishments of another without giving credit to the source or sources).”  Academic dishonesty can result in severe penalties.  Possible penalties may include an assignment grade of F, a course grade of F, or dismissal from the university.

Student Accommodations Statement: Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services and the professor will be strictly confidential.


Grading Scale:
93.0% - 100%
90.0% - 92.9%
87.0% - 89.9%
83.0% - 86.9%
80.0% - 82.9%
77.0% - 79.9%
70.0% - 76.9%
60.0% - 69.9%
0.0% - 59.9%
Grades will be available for viewing on Canvas.
Scale may be lowered if necessary.