Earthrise from Apollo 8

PHYC110 Laboratory Section 6891 Tuesdays 11-1:50pm (Philip Blanco)

Grossmont College, Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Physical Science

Instructor: Dr. Philip Blanco. Phone: (619) 644-7312.

Meetings in Laboratory 34-104, Tuesdays 11:00am-1:50pm.

Course webpage:

Office hours: Wednesday and Thursday 2:00pm-4:30pm, or by appointment. Please let me know when you intend to arrive, to avoid conflicts with other students.

Tutoring in Physics Computer Room 34-108: - a schedule will be posted on the door.


2018 May 22: This week's lab: Lens optics.

2018 May 6: This week's lab: Mechanical Waves (REVISED).

2018 May 1: Simple Harmonic Motion of a Spring and Pendulum.

2018 Apr 24: LAB CANCELLED, no need to show up. Instead, watch Crash Course Physics - Magnetism (10 minutes, captioned).

2018 Apr 18 lab: Electric Circuits.

2018 Apr 3 lab: Latent Heat. Read the lab procedure beforehand. Also remember the lab safety rules - closed-toed shoes and hair off the face.

2018 Mar 13 lab:Buoyancy and Archimedes Principle. Read the lab procedure beforehand. Also remember the lab safety rules - closed-toed shoes and hair off the face.

2018 Feb 27 lab: Centripetal acceleration. Reminder: Read the lab description in advance. Bring: lab notebook, scientific calculator, pens, small stapler. Students who arrive late or unprepared will be told to leave so as not to detract from the education of others.

2018 Feb 20 lab: Force vectors and equilibrium.

2018 Feb 13 lab: Gravity, free fall..

2018 Feb 3: Lab next week (Feb 6): Density of Earth's materials. Make sure to bring: scientfic lab notebook, scientific calculator.
This video introduces density as a concept.
We shall also spend some time reviewing (1) unit conversions (2) significant figures and (3) scientific notation.

2017 Jan 23: Make sure to bring a scientific calculator (not your phone!), and to follow the lab safety rules (available at the link below). For example, shoes must be closed-toed, hair off the face. No laboratory manual required for this section of the course! All lab descriptions will be posted on this website, and provided in the lab.

Measurements and the metric system.

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Required Course Materials:

Academic Integrity

Collaboration in the laboratory setting is an important part of the learning process, and you are encouraged to help your fellow students in class. Note, however, that the lab report submitted for grading must be all your own work. If you have doubts about the allowed level of collaboration, please ask the instructor.

Mid-terms and the final exam are be designed to test understanding, not memory, so cheating by plagiarism or smuggling outside material will not help you - and you will probably be caught! Academic dishonesty is a serious action and will not be tolerated, since it compromise the integrity of scholarship and the value of hard-earned grades for all students at Grossmont. It includes, but is not limited to, copying another's work, allowing someone to copy your work, talking during an exam or quiz, giving information to another student during an exam or quiz, using unauthorized notes on an exam or quiz, or having another person take a test for you.

Grossmont's policy will be strictly enforced. Cheating and plagiarism (using as one's own ideas writings, materials, or images of someone else without acknowledgement or permission) can result in any one of a variety of sanctions. Such penalties may range from an adjusted grade on the particular exam, paper, project, or assignment (all of which may lead to a failing grade in the course) to, under certain conditions, suspension or expulsion from a class, program or the college. For further clarification and information on these issues, please consult with your instructor or contact the office of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

Classroom Conduct

"Be excellent to each other!" - Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

All students should be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct, which will be strictly enforced. The Code of Conduct may be found in the course catalog.

In addition, you will be asked to read and sign a short Lab Agreement which outlines some additional safety requirements.

Arriving at class:

Attendance can be taken at any class meeting. Please arrive "ready to learn", i.e. with your belongings in order, no food or drink, and no need to use the restroom during lecture (see below). If you are more than 20 minutes late to class, this will count as an unexcused absence. Furthermore, you will probably not have enough time to complete the lab (or quiz, if one is scheduled for that day) and so you may be asked to leave. Note that after 3 consecutive absences, Grossmont's policy allows the instructor to drop a student from class, but do not assume this will happen automatically if you simply fail to show up.

Leaving class:

If you have a good reason to leave early, please notify the instructor.

In the Laboratory:

Safety should be a priority for all students. A separate document outlines the laboratory safety guidelines and policies, and copies of this are posted on the walls of the lab.

You must wear closed-toed shoes in the laboratory, and keep long hair and jewelry secured out of the way of equipment and open flames. No food of any kind is allowed in the lab, nor are beverages other than a bottle of water which can be closed. You will be asked to keep your bottle of water on the side benches next to the wall, out of the way.

Productive, respectful and safe interaction with classmates and instructor is encouraged, while any behavior which disrupts the learning environment, damages equipment, or compromises safety will not be tolerated.

Disruptive behavior includes talking while the instructor is talking, chewing, gesturing, passing notes, sleeping, reading anything unrelated to that day's class.

Possible sanctions include ejection from the laboratory, a 2-laboratory suspension, and disciplinary action by the college.

Electronic Devices:

During the laboratory period, either silence your cellphone or place it where you can cancel the ring-tone within 2 seconds. You should bring a non-programmable scientific calculator to each lab period. Other devices - including laptop computers, MP3/iPods, radios, and electronic dictionaries are not allowed. (Printed foreign language dictionaries are permitted, subject to instructor's approval). For safety, any earphones or Bluetooth headsets must be removed. During exams, all electronic devices must be switched off and put away.

To protect the privacy rights of your fellow students, and the integrity and academic freedom of our learning environment, no recording of audio, images, or video is permitted in this class. Use of recording devices is considered disruptive behavior even if done in a clandestine manner.

Help is available!

In addition to office hours, please feel free to contact me via email if you are "stuck". The Physics/Astronomy Tutoring Center in Room 34-108 is typically open Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm. You are welcome to study here and use the books and computers that can be used to access the textbook or the course website. Also, Grossmont offers some great resources to help you do well:

Philip Blanco, Physical Science Laboratory, Grossmont College