Attendance:Students who are absent for more than two laboratories can also be dropped from the course. All absences are initially considered unexcused. Absences can be excused from the two absence limit for medical or official education-related travel. Appropriate documentation is required such as a note from the physician (doctor) or, in the case of education-related travel, some form of written or electronic communication from official sponsors of the travel.
Drug policy: No betel nut in class nor on campus except in the cultural huts. No chewing of betel nut during class. Chewing betel nut during class can result in dismissal from class for that day.
Program learning outcomes: The student will be able to:
3.5 Perform experiments that use scientific methods as part of the inquiry process.
3.4 Define and explain scientific concepts, principles, and theories of a field of science.
3.2 Present and interpret numeric information in graphic forms.
1.1 Write a clear, well-organized paper using documentation and quantitative tools when appropriate. Course learning outcomes. The student will be able to:
1. Explore physical science systems through experimentally based laboratories using scientific methodologies
2. Define and explain concepts, theories, and laws in physical science.
3. Generate mathematical models for physical science systems and use appropriate mathematical techniques and concepts to obtain quantitative solutions to problems in physical science.
4. Demonstrate basic communication skills by working in groups on laboratory experiments and by writing up the result of experiments, including thoughtful discussion and interpretation of data, in a formal format using spreadsheet and word processing software.
Laboratories: Laboratories are central to the course. To the extent possible, each week focuses on the laboratory with lecture in support of the laboratory exploration for that week. Laboratories are written up, submitted via Schoology, and marked using a rubric. Each written lab has its own rubric, all are based to a lesser or greater extent on the generic rubric. Laboratory write-ups are composed of a single word processing document. Tables and graphs should be created in a spreadsheet and then copied into the word document in the appropriate order.
Laboratories are due one week after the laboratory. This means one has seven days to complete the laboratory write-up and submit the report in Schoology. There is a one week period following that week during which resubmissions can be made if necessary. Beyond two weeks, late laboratories will not be accepted. Schoology will lock submissions preventing late submission. Missing laboratory reports will score zero points. As noted, this is a difficult course.
Failure to complete the laboratory reports will result in failing the course. If you miss a laboratory class, do get data from a partner, write up, and submit the report on time.
Academic Honesty Policy: Laboratory reports must be individually written up by each student. Each student should make their own tables and charts. Each student must write their own introduction, procedure, analysis, discussion, and conclusion. The laboratories are done in groups, the reports are an INDIVIDUAL effort.