Regener Hall Physics Laboratories

The department of Physics and Astronomy offers a group of one-credit introductory lab courses in physics. They are designed to acquaint you with fundamental physical principles in a laboratory environment. Physics is an experimental science. A physicist poses a question in the form of an experiment, analyses the results of that experiment, and then makes predictions based on the experimental observations. A theory is then proposed to "explain" the observations. If the predictions of the experiment and the theory can be applied to many situations, a "Law" of physics is established. Physical laws are constantly tested by experiment. Thought or Gedanken experiments are useful, but a physical law survives only if laboratory verification is possible.

Your laboratory course will acquaint you with the experimental process. You will see the limitations posed by experimental procedures and the difficulties that can arise when experimental observations are analyzed. As you become familiar with performing an experiment you may find other ways of collecting or interpreting your data. Feel free to experiment! There is no "right" or "wrong" way to perform an experiment in physics. Just remember the question you are trying to answer, and be guided by your common sense (called "physical intuition" when you become really proficient)!

The experiments are designed to clarify the physical phenomena discussed in your lecture course. The lab and the corresponding lecture courses are shown below. Feel free to discuss your laboratory experiment with any lecture instructor, and the lecture topic with any lab instructor. Both instructors are eager to help you understand the material!

Class Hours and Attendance

Your laboratory class will meet in Regener Hall and begin promptly at the designated time. Be punctual! Attendance is mandatory and is a factor in your grade. The schedule for each laboratory is available through the main menu above.

Missing one lab without excuse will lower the maximum possible semester grade to B. Missing more than one lab without excuse will result in a semester grade of F.

Lab Workbook & Calculator

Your laboratory instructor will inform you of the Lab Workbook required for your section and how to obtain it. Read the first lab experiment before your next class. Bring a calculator to class.

Lab Reports or Lab Journal

A satisfactory lab report or lab journal documenting each week’s experiment is required. Your instructor will inform you of what constitutes a satisfactory lab report or lab journal. Your lab report or journal entry should be completed before the end of each class.

Instructor Evaluation

Your laboratory instructor will arrange to meet with you before the Semester break (and before the end of the Semester) to discuss your progress in the course. Your instructor's evaluation of your performance will count toward the grade you receive. Talk to your instructor if you are having difficulty with your lab assignments or if you plan to be absent. You will fail the course if you accumulate two or more unexplained absences.

Grading

Your final grade will be determined based on your attendance, your participation in the laboratory including teamwork, and your submission of satisfactory lab reports or lab journal. The grade of A+ will be reserved for exceptionally meritorious performance.

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Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities needing appropriate academic adjustments should contact your instructor as soon as possible to ensure your needs are met in a timely manner. Handouts are available in alternative accessible formats upon request.

Regener Lab Office

If you have comments or suggestions, or if there are issues you cannot resolve with your lab instructor, contact the Lab Director, Mickey Odom, who can be reached in or near the Lab Office, 113 Regener Hall (Voice: 277-2751) or by email at modom@unm.edu.

These are your labs. We want them to meet your needs and aspirations!

Welcome to Regener Labs

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Boye M. Odom
Director of Regener Laboratories
Department of Physics and Astronomy