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PHYS101 and PHYS102 Lab sessions will start on the third week (12 – 16 February 2024) of the fall semester, on the day indicated in your weekly schedule.

You will be expected to do the experiment, record your data, and finish the writing of your lab report during your regular three lab hours. Lab reports will be submitted to the lab assistant in charge at the end of the lab session.

If you have questions about the lab, or if you are encountering problems, you should contact your lab assistant either personally or by writing an e-mail.

To learn your lab schedule and the detailed semester plan, use the “Lab Schedule” and the “Semester Plan” links on the left.

You can download your lab manual for each experiment either from “All Sections MOODLE” course page, or form the course web page. Since there will be a quiz given at the beginning of each lab session, it is important that you study the manual before you come to the lab.


If you have taken this course in the past and your lab grade in the system is satisfactory (i.e., 60 or above), you have the right to apply for exemption. Lab exemption is not automatically granted. You have to apply for it. To do this click on the menu item “Request Exemption” on the left and fill in the on-line form. The deadline for the application is Sunday, 03 March 2024 at 23 :59. Be sure that your details are entered correctly so that we can find your previous lab grade from our files. Few days later, check and be sure that your name appears on the “Exemption List“. Those students who took and passed the lab for the first time in 2019-20 spring, 2019-20 summer, and 2022-23 Spring semesters will not be given exemption because of the fact that no project work was done in those semesters due to extraordinary conditions.

Note: Those students who withdraw from the course will not be able to complete the lab work, and will have to repeat the lab next time they take the course.


Physics lab includes 3 experiments (45 % contribution) and 1 lab project (55% contribution). The aim of the 3 experiments is to provide basic laboratory training.

  1. Experiments for Phys 101

Experiment 1 – Measurement and Errors (%15)

Experiment 2 – Velocity and Acceleration (%15)

Experiment 3 – Conservation of Linear Momentum: Collisions (%15)


  1. Experiments for Phys 102

Experiment 1 – Electrical Measurements (%15)

Experiment 2 – Equipotentials and Radial Electric Field Lines (%15)

Experiment 3 – Capacitance Circuits (%15)

  1. 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 an individual 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. 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. You are expected to come to the lab at your lab hour to work on your project. Attendance will be compulsory, and will be monitored.

As the first step, you have to write a proposal for your 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 PDF format to the STARS/Moodle/Turnitin system before the deadline (Sunday, 17 March 2024; 23:59). Turnitin system will check for similarity of your proposal to past proposals, and your project will be rejected if similarity is more than 50%. Late submissions will result in 10 point deduction for each day late. No submissions by e-mail will be accepted after the cut-off date (Thursday, 21 March 2024; 23:59).

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 (Sunday, 31 March 2024; 23:59). You should not upload the same file if no changes are made. In case you missed the deadline and did not submit a proposal, you can still submit your proposal as a revised one. Cut-off date for the submission of revisions is Thursday, 4 April 2024; 23:59.

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. It should contain your name, department, course code and section, analysis of your data by necessary tables and graphs, and a discussion of your results written in a proper report format.

Reports must be submitted through the STARS/MOODLE/Turnitin system before the deadline (Sunday, 5 May 2024; 23:59).

Each student is expected to appear in a three minute video recording presenting the experiment which must be uploaded to YouTube and its link must be given in the final report. Cut-off date for the submission of final report is Tuesday, 7 May 2024; 23:59.

  1. Grading

Your Lab grade will be composed of the following components:

First experiment: (%15)

Second experiment: (%15)

Third experiment: (%15)

Project proposal (or revised proposal) (%15)

Final report (%30)

Presentation Video (%10)



  • 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 components for late submission (10 points for each day). 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 exams.
  • You may ask for a reassessment of a component of your laboratory activity, with the exception of video presentation. Reassessment application must be done within five work days following the announcement of the grades.
  • Labs will be available for you to work throughout the semester during your regular lab hours. Your lab assistant can answer your questions about available equipment as well as how you will be submitting your proposals and reports electronically.