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PHYS 117 B: General Physics Laboratory

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Suzanne White Brahmia
Suzanne White Brahmia

Syllabus Description:

Welcome to PHYS 117, my name is Suzanne White Brahmia, and I am professor in charge of the lab this quarter. Thank you for your patience, as we invent a new course! The first due date for an activity is April 13. We will provide ample time to get used to platforms you will use for submitting your work, get help, and get your work done before your first deadline hits.

Use the Discussion Board (click "Discussions" on the menu on the left) for physics questions or syllabus related questions. Students are encouraged to answer each others' questions. The Lab TAs and I will monitor the discussion board  frequently and will respond if needed. You can also use this to organize study groups to do the labs collaboratively.

Most Important Lab Policies
  • To pass Physics 117 you must complete 4 out of 5 Pre Labs and 6 out of 8 Pivot Labs by their due date to get credit. 
  • The weekly Pre Labs are found on the WWU website.
  • The weekly Pivot Labs are found on the Pivot  website.
  • The weekly deadline for all Pre Labs and Pivot Labs  is MONDAY MORNING 9:00 AM.


Due to the measures taken by the University, the lab will be conducted entirely online.

Please be respectful of the shared virtual learning spaces.

Screenshots or recordings of instructors, other students, and course materials during active video (Zoom) participation sessions are strictly forbidden; infractions will be reported to the Student Conduct Office.


Religious Accommodations

Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for the accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy ( Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form (

Safe campus

I am committed to ensuring a safe environment on campus. I suggest you check out the resources available here. These include services if you have a lab or tutorial that is late at night and need someone to walk with you.

Academic integrity and student conduct

The University takes academic integrity and student conduct very seriously. Behaving with integrity and respect is part of our responsibility to our shared learning community. 

The University of Washington Student Conduct Code (WAC 478-121) defines prohibited academic and behavioral conduct and describes how the University holds students accountable as they pursue their academic goals. Allegations of misconduct by students may be referred to the appropriate campus office for investigation and resolution. More information can be found online at

If you’re uncertain about if something is academic and behavioral misconduct, ask me. I am willing to discuss questions you might have.

Catalog Description: 
Mechanics laboratory. Credit is not given for both PHYS 117 and the PHYS 121 laboratory. Prerequisite: PHYS 114 which may be taken concurrently. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Natural Sciences (NSc)
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Last updated: 
March 25, 2020 - 9:31pm