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PHYS 1112L

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Introductory Physics II Laboratory
Prerequisite(s) None Specified
Corequisite(s) PHYS 1112
Catalog Description
This is a laboratory to accompany PHYS 1112.  Assignments are designed to reinforce lecture concepts.  

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. Perform basic measurements and collect data
as are deemed appropriate by the experiments
2. Graphically present and analyze data.  
Deduce valid conclusions from this analysis.
3. Analyze an experiment for sources of error
and suggest possible corrections and  
4. Write a lab report.
5. Discuss the theoretical basis of the
performed experiments in the terms described
by the corresponding complimentary

General Education Outcomes
I.  Communication Skills:    
Students develop reading skills by reading
the laboratory manual and handout materials;
their listening skills through pre-lab
lectures; and writing skills through a
problem solving activities and laboratory

II. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
Skills: Students develop individual and group
problem solving skills by solving problems
both in the laboratory and at home; critical
thinking skills are encouraged by requesting
student response to questions asked during  
pre-lab lectures.    

III.Recognizing and Applying Scientific
Inquiry: Students perform experiments to  
recognize the conceptual and physical models
of phenomena. Data is collected, analyzed and
compared with theories presented in  

Course Content
The following is a list of potential lab experiments.  Individual campuses should choose experiments based on the available equipment and other factors. A minimum of 10 labs must be performed.
1. Electrical equivalent of Heat.
2. Electrostatics and Equipotential Field
3. DC Circuits and Ohm's Law.
4. DC Circuits and Kirchhoff's Rules.
5. RC Circuits.
6. The Coulomb Force.
7. The Force Between Current Carrying Wires.
8. Geometric Optics.
9. Double-Slit Interference.
10. Single-Slit Diffraction.
11. The Speed of Light.
12. Half-Life of Barium.    

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
The college believes in the academic value of giving final exams that are comprehensive in nature; however, the college also values the discretion of the faculty member to determine appropriate assessment methods. The departments on each campus and/or individual instructors will construct a detailed syllabus based on the Common Course Outline for implementation in each class.

The Common Course Outline offers only a schematic description of the course content and assessment material. Campus departments and/or individual instructors should elaborate upon and enhance these sections in their syllabi. At the beginning of each term, faculty members must submit their syllabi for approval to the department head and/or the discipline coordinating dean. The sequencing of topics as well as all readings and other assignments designed to assist the student in accomplishing course objectives are left to the discretion of the campus department and/or the individual instructor as long as these components adhere to the Common Course Outline.

Last Revised: Aug. 11, 2011
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