There will be 11 two-hour labs during the semester. Ten of those labs will count towards the student's final grade. The reason for offering 11 labs but only counting 10 is so students may miss one lab (unplanned absence, or emergency) without consequence. Students with planned absences may attend a different laboratory section during the same week with the permission of both instructors. Students are required to attend the labs, take measurements, and keep a notebook for each lab. There are no make-up labs. At the beginning of the first lab, there is a section on laboratory techniques, which explains how to handle error analysis, graphing, and other key issues that come up while keeping a laboratory notebook.
Each week, a few days before lab, students should download and print a copy of the current lab, read it and bring it with them to their lab meeting. Students are expected to have read the instructions prior to arriving at the lab and to have completed a short pre-lab. Before performing the next experiment students will be given an open notebook quiz on the previous week's lab. Approximately ten to fifteen minutes will be alloted for completing the lab quizzes.
The experiments are designed to take approximately two hours for measurements and an additional two hours outside of class for data analysis as well as preparation for the next lab. This is consistent with time expectations for a one credit course.
This course can be taken for a traditional letter grade only. Due to the number of laboratory sections, we strive for consistency between sections. As a result, grades will fall within roughly the same distribution for each section. This distribution is 20–25% A's, 20–25% B's, 20–25% C's, and 20–25% D's and F's.
Note: The last day to add/drop via CyberBear is February 14. The last day to drop without the Dean's signature is April 7.
All students must practice academic honesty.
Academic misconduct is subject to an academic penalty by the course instructor and/or disciplinary sanction by the University.
All students need to be familiar with the Student Conduct Code.
The Code is available for review online.
The Student Conduct Code (http://life.umt.edu/vpsa/student_conduct.php)
University of Montana assures equal access to instruction through collaboration between students with disabilities, instructors, and Disability Services for Students.
If you think you may have a disability adversely affecting your academic performance, and you have not already registered with Disability Services, please contact Disability Services in Lommason Center 154 or (406) 243-2243.
I will work with you and Disability Services to provide an appropriate modification.
Disability Services for Students (http://life.umt.edu/dss/)
If anyone is having issues with the way that the course is being taught or the way that material is being presented I hope that you will come to me first to express your concerns. If you feel that you cannot come to me with these issues, you can contact the chair of the department, Dr. Dan Reisenfeld, CHCB 132.