PHYSICS 103: PHYSICS OF MUSIC LABORATORY is a one credit-hour course that must be taken concurrently with PHYSICS 102: PHYSICS OF MUSIC to receive CORE credit, and may not be taken for credit by physics majors. The lab meets for two hours weekly, giving students hands-on in-depth experience with some of the topics covered in the Physics of Music lecture class.
This is a participatory activity; it is mandatory that you attend all labs. It is also important that you prepare for your lab period by reading over the lab instruction sheet and doing the pre-lab questions. Pre-lab questions serve both as a review of important ideas and preparation for lab activities. If you do not do the pre-lab questions before you come to lab, points will be subtracted from your grade. If you do not understand the questions or have difficulty completing the assignment, you may ask questions. Reports are completed in lab, left at the end of the lab period for grading, and will be returned to the student during the next lab meeting, so that writing (and grading) long land detailed lab reports is avoided.
If you miss a lab for any reason, you may complete that lab during the MAKE-UP week at the end of the semester. If you must make up more than one lab, you may attend any lab make-up session as listed above. Please see the Physics 103 Schedule for details.
Grading will be based on total point accumulation for the eleven labs, each having 40 points. A histogram of total scores will be made, and letter grades assigned approximately as follows:
To qualify for a D, you must distinguish yourself among your peers. It is mandatory to do all labs. Missing one lab will lower your grade at least one letter grade; missing two or more will result in a grade of F. If neither of these situations applies, no D or F grades will be given.
For the first laboratory you should: