Instructor: Dr. Rhett Allain
Office Hours: M - F, 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Office: Pursley 115
Phone: 549-2894

Course Description:
This lab course is designed to supplement PHYS 221. In this course you will do activities that support your learning in PHYS 221. These activities include problem solving in groups, collecting and analyzing experimental data and modeling physical situations by creating a program in vpython.

You will be expected to attend and participate in lab activities. You may work in lab in groups of 2, or you may work individually, but all reports and material that is turned in must be individually completed. Turning in copied work will result in zero credit. If you are not currently enrolled in PHYS 221, I recommend that you obtain the 221 text – Matter and Interactions as it will be used in class.

There will be 13 labs during this semester. Each lab will have some type of report to turn in (such as a formal lab report, a vpython program, or a worksheet). Your highest 10 labs will count towards your average in the class. There will be a midterm exam on March 7 and a final exam on May 2. Each exam will be worth 100 points and will cover material from labs. Each lab will be graded out of 20 points. Vpython programs will be turned in by email.

Required notices:

If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services, Room 203, Student Union. No accommodations will be granted without documentation from the Office of Disability Services.

It is the University policy that the classroom is not a place for children, and that students are not to bring their family members for day care or baby sitting.

It is the University policy that free discussion, inquiry, and expression are encouraged in class. However, classroom behavior that interferes with either (a) the instructor's ability to conduct the class or (b) the ability of students to benefit from the instruction is not acceptable. Examples may include routinely entering class late or departing early; use of beepers, cellular telephones, or other electronic devices; repeatedly talking in class without being recognized; talking while others are speaking; or arguing in a way that is perceived as "crossing the civility line." In the event of a situation where a student legitimately needs to carry a beeper/cellular telephone to class, prior notice and approval of the instructor is required. Classroom behavior which is deemed inappropriate and cannot be resolved by the student and the faculty member may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for administrative or disciplinary review as per the Code of Student Conduct which may be found at

It is the University policy on e-mail communication that instructors may use only official Southeastern e-mail addresses when initiating or responding to electronic correspondence with students.

Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Behavior that violates these standards is not acceptable. Examples are the use of unauthorized material, communication with fellow students during an examination, attempting to benefit from the work of another student and similar behavior that defeats the intent of an examination or other class work. Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, improper acknowledgment of sources in essays and the use of a single essay or paper in more than one course without permission are considered very serious offenses and shall be grounds for disciplinary action as outlined in the current
General Catalogue.