Welcome to Introductory Physics Laboratory at NJIT!

Introductory Physics Laboratory provides undergraduate students with lab courses (PHYS 102A, 103A, 111A, 202A, 203A and 231A). Each lab course runs for about 2 hours and is held on the fourth floor in Tiernan Hall (room 406 through 409). In the lab course, you will perform lab experiment, collect experimental data, analyze data and write up lab report in order to obtain a better understanding of theory taught in the corresponding physics courses. It is encouraged to read a lab manual before attending your lab class. You can purchase the lab manual from NJIT Book Store. You will also need to bring a calculator, a pencil and a USB flash drive to store experimental data. In the first class your lab Teaching Assistant (TA) will give you general guideline about physics lab course such as lab experiment schedule, grading policy, safety information, lab report write-up, etc..

There will be 13 Lab experiments in total during a semester. Students perform the experiment in a group of about 4 students and submit the lab report individually to the lab instructor one week later. It is required for each student to write lab report by his/her own effort (do not copy from your partner or any other resources). There is no exam in lab course and the grading (A through D and F) is based on attendance, participation and lab report. Please refer to the general grading policy of physics lab classes. Therefore, if you miss at least 3 lab experiments, you are very likely to fail the course.

If you missed, or you know that you will miss a lab experiment for reasonable cause, you have an opportunity to have a make-up class by attending another section of a same lab course. Contact both your lab TA and a physics lab staff to obtain approval for the make-up section. In case of serious illness or unavoidable causes for missing a lab course, students must present appropriate documentation to the Dean of Students Office.

General Grading Policy

  1. Attendance required for all experiments - unexcused means a 0 (zero) - if a student misses 3 experiments the student is likely to fail the course.
  2. Submission of laboratory report is due the following week class begins - penalty for lateness is 10% per day.
  3. The grading guidelines are as follows:
    • Attendance (20%); Participation (20%); Laboratory Report (60%)
    • Laboratory Report Grading (points):
      • Style instructed by a lab instructor(5)
      • Title (5)
      • Introduction including Objectives and Theoretical background (5)
      • Results: Expeirmental Data (15) and Calculation (15)
      • Discussion and Analysis of Results (40)
      • Conclusions (10)
      • Raw Data Sheet signed by a lab instructor(5)
  4. Topics for discussion section may include:
    • % Error - what it means.
    • What caused the error and why
    • How could the experiment have been done better and why
    • Would you expect to do better
    • What human errors were involved
    • What did you learn from the experiment, etc.
  5. Instructors will give students meaningful comments in lab reports when they grade lab report so that the students will understand why they receive the grade indicated.

Physics Lab Course Attendance Policy

  1. Attendance policy is very strict in a physics lab course.
  2. It is required for a student to attend all labs since lab grading is based on attendance, participation and lab reprot.
  3. It is a student's responsibility to confirm his/her attendance with a lab instructor in every class.
  4. It is required for a student to sign an attendance sheet in each class. If a student fails to sign it, it is considered to be absent.
  5. If a student does not appeal and resolve any attendance issue with a lab instructor withine 7 days from the date of the issued class, no further action will be accepted.
  6. Physics Laboratory Safety

    1. Food and drink are not permitted during class in the lab at any time.
    2. Do not come in the lab early unless the instructor is present.
    3. Do not wear loose hair or clothing around moving equipment.
    4. Do not set equipment too close to the edge of the table.
    5. Do not activate any circuit or apparatus until the instructor inspect it.
    6. Never touch a possibly live circuit and Do not touch electrical equipment with wet hands.
    7. Only use laboratory equipment for the instructional purpose for which they were intended.
    8. Never look directly in the beam of a laser and light from lamp used for experiment.
    9. All trash and waste materials should be disposed in the proper container. Do not pour chemicals into the laboratory sink.
    10. Do not short the electrical leads on any equipment.
    11. Any equipment except computer not in use should be turned off.
    12. Do not take apart any apparatus or piece of equipment.
    13. All damaged equipment and chemical spills should be immediately reported to the laboratory instructor.
    14. Accidents and emergencies must be immediately reported to the laboratory instructor. (Emergency call number: 9-1-1)
    15. Never remove any computer components (especially the mouse and keyboard).
    16. Do not shutdown or turn on (or log in) the computer unless instructed to do so by the lab instructor.
    17. Leave your lab station neat, clean and organized at the end of each lab period.
    18. Be aware that fire extinguishers are located in Rooms of 406T and 407T.