Physics Lab: General Information
Each week there will be a lab located in MS 3.02.14, MS 3.02.16, MS 3.02.30, or MS 3.02.34 depending on what class you are in. To view the respective lab schedule, please click on the physics course you are taking:
REMEMBER: No Food, No Drinks, and No Sandals inside of the lab.
1. Come to the lab session prepared. Printout the lab worksheets for that lab session in advance, and read over it before coming to lab. There will be a 5 minute quiz over the lab to be done that day at the beginning of the lab session.
2. You must bring that session’s worksheet, and the required material, listed on the course syllabus, to lab each session.
3. The lab report, from the previous lab session, will be due at the very beginning of session. Please place it on the Instructor’s desk as soon as you arrive in the lab room.
1. Arrive on time (preferably early) to the lab.
2. During the first 5 minutes of the lab there will be a quiz about the topic presented.
3. During the next 20 minutes, your Instructor will discuss the working principle of the experiment and demonstrate how to perform the measurements.
4. Work in your assigned lab group- no exceptions. Each partner must have his/her own data and submit separate lab reports. Do not leave USB behind and all data stored on the hard drive will be erased upon logging off.
5. Your lab group must complete the described check out procedure, and be signed out by the lab instructor before you will be allowed to leave the lab room. If you leave prior to being signed out points will be deducted from your grade for that session’s lab report.
1. Answer all assigned questions in the RESULTS AND QUESTIONS section of your lab manual. For the lab report, you will hand in this finished section with all necessary tables, graphs and calculations.
2. "Scientific Notation" and appropriate "Significant Figures" must be practiced in all Lab Reports. In the Tables, every entry must have its unit.
3. For graphs, you should use a computer with a standard spreadsheet. Each graph-axis must have a label and appropriate units. Represent data points with clearly visible symbols (circles, squares, triangles, etc.). Do not connect data points in zigzag lines. Choose the "scatter" style (with discrete symbols) for your plots. If a certain data point falls far away from the general trend of the graphs it is likely that there is a problem with the measurement(s) for this point. In a best fit to the data, do NOT include such a point. If you are not sure, ask your instructor.
4. The lab is due at the next week's lab session. Normally, your graded quiz and Lab Report will be given back to you during the next lab meeting one week after you submit this report.
5. You will lose 5 points if the lab report is not turned in at the beginning of the lab session. Even if it is turned in later that same day you still lose those five points. 5 points a day, for each day, after that, not counting weekends or holidays. After one week late lab reports will not be accepted, and you will simply receive a 0 for that lab report.
6. Absence from a lab: You are expected to attend all lab sessions at the assigned times. Students missing a lab due to sickness or major emergency must provide the appropriate documents for a written excuse (see Excused Absence Form). If you are participating in a sports event, a similar excuse must be provided.
7. You are excused from one lab experiment.
8. Students found cheating (copying from other students, and faking data) will be given a grade of zero for the experiment, and will be reported. Please respect the honor code of UTSA and code of conduct for students.
Extra-Help Office Hours Located in room MS 3.02.18
Appendix - Used in several experiments
Appendix - Used in several experiments.