PLAB 223

Fall 2016

  • Instructor: Dr. Allain
  • Office Hours: M-Th 7-8, M,W 8-9:30, Th 8-9, M-Tu 1-3, W 1-2
  • Office: Pursely 115
  • Phone: 985-549-2894
  • email:

Course Description

This is the laboratory course to accompany the introductory physics course PHYS 221. The point is that we can do things to support PHYS 221, things that could not be in a lecture class – like uncertainty and numerical calculations.

Course Structure

Labs will be posted ahead of time on this website. During the lab time, we will work on computer models or collect data.


Your grade in this course will be based on the following:

  • Quizzes 20%
  • Two lab reports worth a total of 40%
  • Midterm and Final exam worth 40%

Quizzes will be short (15-30 minute) assessments given at the beginning of each lab.  They will cover both the previous lab(s) and the lab for that day (to encourage you to prepare for the lab).  I will drop your lowest two quiz grades.

What about the lab reports? Basically, these are formal papers on either one of the labs (you choose) or some other topic. One report must be turned in by the second assessment. The other report will be due by the final exam. In order to turn in a report, you must have two students from class sign that they have read it. More details on lab reports and the format for reports will be posted soon.

The midterm and final exam will each take the whole lab time.  They will cover material up to that point and may include some practical questions from lab.

Other stuff

Required notices:If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services, Room 203, Student Union. No accommodations will be granted without documentation from the Office of Disability Services.It is the University policy that the classroom is not a place for children, and that students are not to bring their family members for day care or baby sitting.

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