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IMPORTANT INFORMATION (Please read carefully!)

PHYS 101 and PHYS 102 Laboratory work for the Fall Semester of the 2020 – 2021 Academic Year will consist of experiment simulations to be completed on-line, and a laboratory project to be designed and conducted individually.



If you have taken this course in the past and you have a satisfactory (i.e., 60 or above) lab grade in the STARS system, you have the right to apply for exemption. To do this click on the menu item “Request Exemption” on the left and fill in the on-line form. Few days later, check and be sure that your name appears on the “Exemption List“. Deadline for the application for exemption is Friday, 09 October 2020 at 23:59 hrs. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Note: No exemption will be given to students who completed lab work for the first time in Spring 2019-20, and Summer 2019-20 semesters.


Experiment Simulations

You will be asked to work on five experiments simulated on-line, take your data, and write a lab report in proper format. The format of the lab report can be found at the link “LAB REPORT (PDF)”.

You will have to study a certain section, or a specific example of the textbook as preliminary work for each experiment. You can work on the experiments any time you want, and as many times as you want, but the report for each experiment should be submitted to MOODLE before the deadline. Late submissions will result in deduction of 10 points for each day late. Since grading of the reports will be done on MOODLE, you will not be able to submit your report as an e-mail attachment. Deadlines for each experiment report are as follows:


Submission Deadline


Sunday, 04 October at 23:59


Sunday, 18 October at 23:59


Sunday, 01 November at 23:59


Sunday, 22 November at 23:59


Sunday, 13 December at 23:59

You can access manuals for each experiment using the links below



PHYS 101 Experiment 1. Relative Velocity: Boat Crossing a River ( PDF )

PHYS 101 Experiment 2. Static and Kinetic Friction on an Inclined Plane ( PDF )

PHYS 101 Experiment 3. The Conical Pendulum ( PDF )

PHYS 101 Experiment 4. The Ballistic Pendulum ( PDF )

PHYS 101 Experiment 5. Moment of Inertia: Rolling and and Sliding ( PDF )



PHYS 102 Experiment 1. Coulomb’s Law with Two Charged Objects ( PDF )

PHYS 102 Experiment 2. The Millikan Oil-Drop Experiment ( PDF )

PHYS 102 Experiment 3. Charged Particle in an Electric Field ( PDF )

PHYS 102 Experiment 4. Cpacitor Lab ( PDF )

PHYS 102 Experiment 5. Charged Particle in a Magnetic Field ( PDF )


Laboratory Project

The remaining part of your Phys. 101 and Phys. 102 Lab activity will be related to the design, development, and carrying out of an experiment as your lab project. The project must be in the form of an experiment designed to calculate a physical quantity by making a series of measurements and using the data thus obtained. The project will have to be individual, so you will not be working in groups. You should start working on your project by doing a preliminary research on which physical quantity you can calculate, and how you can set up an experiment to do so. If we are forced to have a full on-line education this semester so that you will not be present on the campus, you will have to finish your project at home. Otherwise, you should come to the lab at your lab hour to work on your project. Since no more than 20 students will be allowed into the lab, you should book an appointment before you come. Attendance will be compulsory, and your attendance will be monitored.

Each student will have to write a proposal for the lab project. The proposal should include:

A title

Your Name, Department, Course Code and Section

A summary of the experiment you want to carry out, pointing out what you want to measure, the equipment you want to use or construct, and what measurements you will carry out.

A summary of the research you have carried out which led you to this experiment. List the sources which you have used, relevant Internet links, etc.

A detailed description of your experiment. This part should contain the following parts:

a description of the setup you will construct

the procedure you will follow to make measurements and obtain the data

the structure of the tables you will use to record your data, etc.

the procedure you will follow to analyze your data (what graphs, etc.)

the theory relating your measurements to the results you want to demonstrate

The proposal must be uploaded in MS Word or PDF format to the STARS/Moodle/Turnitin system, where it will be graded. The STARS/Moodle/Turnitin system will check your proposal for similarities with other proposals. Report with more than 50% similarity will be rejected. Deadline for the submission of project proposals is 25 October 2020 (23:59 hrs.), so you have to start as early as possible.

To be able to do this, you must first create a Moodle account and then enroll (register) to the desired Moodle course pages. You can login the server using the “Moodle” button on their STARS screens. This must be done at least once at the beginning of the semester to create a Moodle account. Previous semester Moodle accounts will not work on the new server.

To access the course on Moodle: Log in the STARS system, Click on the “Moodle” button next to the name of the relevant course. If you experience any problems, please contact

You will receive feedback from your lab assistant within a week. If needed, make the necessary changes and re-submit your proposal before the deadline. You do not need to submit a revised proposal if your proposal is satisfactory and there are no changes made. In case you missed the deadline and did not submit a proposal, you can still submit your proposal as a revised one. Deadline for the submission of revised proposals is 15 November 2020 (23:59 hrs.).

No feedback is given to the revised proposal.

You should carry out your experiment, collect your data, analyze your results and Write a final report. Your final report should be structured similar to your proposal, with the addition of data analysis and a discussion of your results.

Reports must be submitted through the STARS/MOODLE/Turnitin system. Deadline for the submission of final reports is 06 December 2020 (23:59 hrs.).

You are expected to record an approximately 3 minute video of your experiment showing you (personally) performing the experiment in the recording. You will be asked to upload the video to a server the address of which will be available on your SRS. The video will be graded as your presentation of your project, and it will also be used by the university administration. Please pay attention for it will be linked to your academic record which you will carry for the rest of your life.



Your Lab grade will be composed of the following components:

Average of five on-line experiment: 50%

Project proposal (or revised proposal): 15%

Final report: 25%

Video recording: 10%


Additional Notes

You may receive help for your proposals from various sources or discussions with other people, but anything you submit as Lab work must be your own work. Any form of cheating will result in failing the Lab, as well as disciplinary action.

You will lose points from a component for late submissions. In order to pass the Lab, your lab grade must be at least 60. Students who fail the Lab will receive an FZ grade from the course, independent of how they perform in their other coursework.

You may ask for a reassessment of a component of your laboratory activity with the exception of the presentation. Reassessment application must be done within five work days following the announcement of the grades.

If your Lab grade is less than 90, you will not be able to receive an A+ grade from the course.