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Department of Physics and Astronomy

200 Level Laboratories

Welcome to the web site devoted especially to helping you get the most out of your physics laboratory experience.  Here we provide links to information on Physics 201/202 and 211/212 laboratory courses.  Of course, this is a work in progress and is continually being improved and amended.  If you don't find what you are looking for here, let us know and we'll get the information up as quickly as possible.

PHYSICS LAB INTEREST LIST (SPRING 2021):

If you are seeking a seat in one of our 200-level PHYS Labs for the Spring 2021 term, please complete an "Expression of Interest" form below:

"Expression of Interest" Form (Spring 2021)


Students that submit an "Expression of Interest" form are not guaranteed a lab seat.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy will observe the results received in the event that additional lab sections can be offered in Spring 2021. Students that complete the form will be contacted via email if new lab sections come available.


SPRING 2021:

In the Spring 2021 semester, the instructional methods for 200-level PHYS labs will follow closely the methods adopted for Fall 2020.  Specifically, a small minority of sections will be fully online, but most sections will be "blended."  Students in blended sections will conduct four exercises face-to-face in a teaching lab in Jones PSC and four more exercises via attendance online and using online resources.  Whether online or blended, the instruction will be synchronous, i.e. students must attend weekly meetings of their section at specified times.  Students registered in a blended section may elect to have their participation be exclusively online, but on pedagogical grounds, the Department of Physics and Astronomy recommends against this option.  Please address questions via email to Mr. James Clawson (clawsonj@mailbox.sc.eduor call the departmental office at (803) 777-8105


FALL 2020:

Currently, the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be offering the 200 level PHYS labs in both a 100% web mix (both synchronous and asynchronous) and blended (50% or more web, synchronous and asynchronous) version.  Most of these labs will be of the blended type. 

The fully online  sections will meet remotely and discuss the current lab experiment, or have presentations.  The students will watch a video to see the current experiment conducted.  The teaching assistant (TA) will give the students an assignment to be turned in.  Each student will complete eight experiments and a presentation, all in our online format.  All meetings of the course will take place virtually using the Collaborate Ultra component of Blackboard.  These lab sections are NOT self-paced.  Students will be expected to be available to meet with their instructors at the designated days and times listed for the courses and sections in Self-Service Carolina.

The blended sections of the lab will have BOTH a face to face (FTF) component AND an online component.  Students in a lab section will alternate weeks of face to face lab instruction with one TA and online lab instruction with a different TA.  Each student will complete four lab experiments in a hands-on, FTF environment and four lab experiments in our online format.  The presentation requirement for the lab course will be in an online format.  The online meetings of the course will utilize the Collaborate Ultra component of Blackboard.  The online portions of the course are NOT self paced.  Students will be expected to be available to meet with their instructors at the designated days and times listed for the courses and sections in Self-Service Carolina.

All course details can be found in the "Look Up Courses" section of Self-Service Carolina for your reference.

LAB INFORMATION:


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