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PHYS 119 A: General Physics Laboratory

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Jens Gundlach

Syllabus Description:

The labs will be entirely online this quarter.

Pre-labs and Post-labs

Pre-labs and post-labs will be run on Canvas. WebAssign will not be used in this course.

  • The pre-labs are due at 11:59PM PDT on the Monday preceding a lab, starting 4/13/20 for Pre-lab 2.
  • The post-labs are due at 11:59PM PDT on the Monday following a lab, starting 4/13/20 for Post-lab 1.

The pre-lab for Lab 1 will be due 11:59PM PDT on Thursday 4/9/20.

Lab Exercises

The labs will be run on a platform called Pivot Interactives. You will receive a message on the evening of Monday 4/6/20 with instructions to create an account. If you do not receive this message by the morning of Tuesday 4/7/20 or if you have other difficulties, please post on the Canvas discussion boards or let me know by email.

The first online lab sessions will be on Tuesday, April 7th and will continue weekly thereafter.  Your TA will be available via Zoom for the first hour of your lab section. For those who cannot attend the labs during the scheduled time there will be additional times during which TAs will hold Zoom meetings.  For all sections the Pivot labs must be completed by 5:00 PM PDT on Friday nights. Satisfactorily completed labs will be logged into Canvas for attendance credit.

Section A does not have a designated online lab session, as it is not associated with a particular time on the UW time schedule. 

Find the complete TA schedule here: Virtual Lab Meeting Schedule

  • To pass Physics 119 you must have done all online lab sessions and you must earn at least 50 points on the Pre-labs and Post-labs.

Religious Accommodations

Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for 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: 
Sound, light, and modern physics laboratory. Credit is not given for both PHYS 119 and the PHYS 123 laboratory. Prerequisite: PHYS 116 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