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.
Office hours: Monday & Wednesday 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 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.
Required Course Materials:
- Scientific calculator, i.e. one which can handle powers of 10 from -99 to
+99, square and cube roots, and trigonometry functions (sin, cos, tan).
- Small ruler and colored pens/pencils, for diagrams.
- Small stapler
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.
"Be excellent to each other!" - Bill & Ted's Excellent
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.
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.
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:
Math Study Center - tutors
can help you with the calculation aspects of homework assignments (bring
your textbook and website login information with you).
- English Reading and
English Writing Center - useful if English is not your native language,
especially since the physical sciences have so many new words and new
definitions for "common English" words.
- Grossmont College
Library. A copy of the Physics Sciebce textbook (Shipman et al. 11th
edition) is in the reserve collection.
- Tech Mall - computer
access for all Grossmont students.
As a student in the Physical Sciences department, you may also use the computers in Room 34-108.
- Supervised Tutoring Referral. Students are referred to enroll in
the following supervised tutoring courses if the service indicated will
assist them in achieving or reinforcing the learning objectives of this
course: IDS 198, Supervised Tutoring to receive tutoring in general
computer applications in the Tech Mall; English 198W, Supervised
Tutoring for assistance in the English Writing Center (Room 70-119);
and/or IDS 198T, Supervised Tutoring to receive one-on-one tutoring in
academic subjects in the Tutoring Center (Room 70-229, 644-7387). To add
any of these courses, students may obtain Add Codes at the
Information/Registration Desk in the Tech Mall. All Supervised Tutoring
courses are non-credit/non-fee. However, when a student registers for a
supervised tutoring course, and has no other classes, the student will
be charged the usual health fee.
- Disabled Student Programs and
Services in Room 110 - specialized services including an Assistive Technology
Center. Students who need accommodations for their disabilities are
encouraged to contact Disabled Students Programs (619-644-7112 voice
or 619-644-7119 TTY) as early in the semester as possible so that reasonable
accommodations can be implemented.
- Student Career Center
and Job Placement
Philip Blanco, Physical Science
Laboratory, Grossmont College