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Physics II Laboratory

Course Description: PHYS-204
The second semester of NEIU's 200 level introductory physics laboratory. PHYS-204 is the laboratory companion course to both PHYS-207, and PHYS-204. To enroll in PHYS-204, students must have taken or be currently enrolled in one of these two lecture courses. PHYS-204 consists of a series of laboratory activities intended to give students a deeper conceptual understanding of the subject matter in addition to imparting laboratory and quantitative skills. The Physics II Laboratories cover a variety of subjects including charge, current, electric and magnetic fields, circuits, light, optics, and modern physics. Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is required for this course. See also the department course description. The list of specific topics to be studied can be found on the syllabus page. 1.0 Credits.
Dr. Paulo Acioli, Office: 217C SCI, E-mail:, Phone: (773) 442-5753.
Office Hours
Posted here and by appointment in room S217D SCI.
Required Laboratory Materials
Reference Materials
Sokoloff, David R., Thornton, Ronald K. & Laws, Priscilla W., RealTime Physics, 5th ed. Wiley, 1998.
Laboratory Sections
SEC 1, W at 12:00 PM - 1:50 PM, in S-237 SCI.
SEC 2, W at 3:00 PM - 4:50 PM, in S-237 SCI.
Regular class attendance is expected.
The final grade will be based on the following system:
Prelab Assignments 10 %
Homework Assignments40 %
Class Participation 10 %
Exams 40 %

Your final grade will be based on the total points in this system. Any student who achieves a percentile score of above 90%, 80%, 70%, 60% is guaranteed to receive an A, B, C, or D respectively. These percentile scores may be adjusted downwards based on a class curve and other considerations.

Pre-labs Assignments
Each laboratory contains a pre-lab preparation sheet. Many of the questions on the pre-lab sheet will ask you to make predictions about what will happen when you carry out certain measurements or laboratory excercises. The purpose of these pre-lab assignments is to reinforce critical physics concepts and investigative skills.
Laboratory Based Homework
Each lab contains a homework assignment. These homework assignments should be completed by the following laboratory period. You are expected to turn in your homework assignment at the beginning of the next laboratory period.
This course has an in-class midterm and a final exam. The questions on these exams will be similar to the questions in the homework assignments.
Missed Laboratoy Sections
Makeup laboratories will not be given, except under very very limited circumstances. Make-ups will only be allowed for circumstances clearly beyond your control. In addition, students are required to provide adequate documentation, and your instructor must be notified in advance. See also the NEIU student conduct code.
Regular weekly hours are set up in the library for tutorials. Tutors can be found in the learning center on the fourth floor of the library. Please note, these tutorials are intended for the 100 level general education courses, but tutors may be able to help physics 204 students on a second priority basis. The current schedule for our tutors can be found here.
Academic Integrity
The NEIU policy on academic integrity can be found here.
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