Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

I am new in this course. What should I do?

For Online Semesters: Add the Lab Course during the Add/Drop period.

The list of the Phys courses and the associated Phyl courses are listed below:

Phys 101 and Phys 121 students  ->  Phyl 101

Phys 102 and Phys 130 students  ->  Phyl 102

Phys 201 students  ->  Phyl 201

Phys 202 students  ->  Phyl 202

 

For Regular Semesters: Check the date for Lab registration. Detailed information is given on Registration page.

What is needed for Lab Registration?

For online Semesters: Lab hours are fixed. Just add the appropriate Lab course during Add/Drop period.

For regular Semesters: Finalize your Schedule. All PSes and Labs of other courses must be definite. If you plan to add and drop any course, picture the final schedule after add/drop before you come for Lab Registration.

How can I complete my Lab Registration?

For Online Semesters: Follow the University Registration instructions. The list of the Phys courses and the associated Phyl courses are listed below:

Phys 101 and Phys 121 students  ->  Phyl 101

Phys 102 and Phys 130 students  ->  Phyl 102

Phys 201 students  ->  Phyl 201

Phys 202 students  ->  Phyl 202

 

For Regular Semesters: Lab Registration is done at KB 410. Fill your SCHEDULE on the given empty program paper. Leave your program to the ASSISTANT. Do not leave your program if you are not sure about your course schedule.

I work part-time. Is it possible to mark my busy hours in my schedule?

You have to prove that you work part-time. Your priority is your courses. In some cases you may be asked to change your work hours.

How can I learn my Lab Section?

For Online Semesters: Phyl courses have at least 10 sections. All the sections of each courses will be done at the same time. 

Phyl 101 sections are on Mondays at 17:00

Phyl 102 sections are at Tuesdays at 17:00

Phyl 201 sections are at Wednesdays at 17:00 and

Phyl 202 sections are at Thursdays at 17:00

The sections will be shuffled every week. That means a student who is at 3rd section at first week might be any section next week. Folllow Moodle for your section.

 

For Regular Semesters: Lab sections are announced at Lab Web Page. Announcement date is given on Registration page.

I am repeating the course and I passed the Lab before. Is my previous Lab Grade still valid?

For Online Semesters: Lab Grades taken on a regular semester are valid. Lab Grades from Summer 2020 are not valid. Lab grades from Online Semesters except Summer 2020 are valid only on online semesters not on regular semesters.

 

For Regular Semesters: Lab Grades older than Fall 2003 are not valid.

I took the lab 3 times. Which one will be valid if I repeat the course again?

For Online Semesters: Most recent Lab Grade taken on a regular semester are valid. Lab Grades from Summer 2020 are not valid. Lab grades from Online Semesters except Summer 2020 are valid only on online semesters not on regular semesters.

For Regular semesters: The most recent Lab Grade taken on a regular semester are valid.

I repeat the course and passed the Lab before. Should I repeat the Lab too?

It is up to you to repeat the lab. Your most recent Lab Grade will be valid after all. If you fail you have to repeat it again. If your grade is lower than previous Lab Grade, the last one will be valid.

 

BUT; If you took the Lab online (except Summer 2020) it is valid only when the Lab course is given online otherwise you must repeat the Lab. If you took the Lab on Summer 2020, you must repeat the Lab anyway.

Getting Started

What am I going to do at the first day of the Laboratory?
For Online semesters: Read the relevant material before Lab starts. There will be a pre-quiz before you start each experiment and post-quiz after you complete the Lab. 
 
  • You will be given 4 videos to watch before the first experiment starts. Watch them days before and read the information given at "Part I. Basic Methods" in your Lab Book.
  • There will be a zoom session. 
  • Use a computer to join the zoom session and to watch the Lab Data videos.
  • Before each lab session starts make sure that you print the pages involving the relevant experiment of the Lab text book whose copy can be found in the lab web page (https://physlab.boun.edu.tr) or on the moodle page for your course.
  • Keep these pages, pen, pencil, eraser, calculator, ruler, compasses, a protractor and your cell phone with you during the session. You will have to use your cell phone as a stop watch when it is needed.
  • Ask your questions to your Lab instructor not to your friends.
  • FROM THE START OF SESSION you are given 2 hours to complete and upload your lab report to moodle.
  • You are expected to scan the Lab report and if exist additional materials as a pdf file
  • Name your pdf file as “NameOfExperiment-YourName.pdf” Make sure that it is less than 2MB.
  • Upload your pdf file to Moodle in the given time.
 
 
For Regular Semesters: Read the relevant material before coming to the Lab. There will be a quiz before you start each experiment. At the Lab;
 
  • Sit a table shown by your instructor.
  • If you work with a partner, take the data together but after that work seperately. Your Lab Report must be unique. Similar Lab reports are not accepted.
  • Use pen to fill your Lab Report. Draw graphs with pencil.
  • While you do the experiment and fill your Lab Report, use the information given at "Part I. Basic Methods" in your Lab Book.
  • Ask your questions to your Lab instructor not to your friends.
  • Use your own calculator, pen, pencil and eraser.
  • After you complete your Lab Report leave it to your Lab Instructor.
What is important in order to prepare my Lab report in each experiment?

In your Lab book, Part.I Basic Methods is important. You are advised to read that part. You are required to use the worksheets to report your results. You should include all your calculations and measurements to show that you have completed the experiment fully and carried out the required analysis yourself.

Where can I buy the Lab Book?
Lab Books are given on Lab web page.
You should download the pdf file and print it before coming to the Lab.
There are more than one Physics Lab Book. Which one is mine?
Buy the correct Lab Book.
 
  • Phys 101: Physics 1
  • Phys 102: Physics 2
  • Phys 121: Physics 1
  • Phys 130: Physics 2
  • Phys 201: Physics 3
  • Phys 202: Physics 4
What should I bring to the Laboratory?

For Online Semesters:

A Computer: If you do not any, borrow one from a friend for the Lab. 

Lab Book : Lab reports which are not written on Lab Book will not accepted

Pen, Pencil, Eraser: necesseray for clean and neat Lab report. Otherwise you miss points.

Calculater: a calculater other than your cell phone's calculator application is better for sin, cos, log, ln calculations.

Ruler, Compasses, Protractor: in most of the experiments you will need to measure length, and angle and you may need to draw a circle.

Your Cell Phone: You will have to use your cell phone as a stop watch when it is needed.

 

For Regular Semesters: Bring your Lab Book (without your Lab book you miss the lab), calculator, pen, pencil, and eraser with you. No mobile phone is allowed in the Laboratory.

How can I study the Quizes?

There will be a Quiz before you start each experiment and it is graded max 2 pt over 20. Read the relevant material from your Lab Book and your text book before coming to the Lab.

Missed Labs & Excuses

Is there any make up for missed labs?

There is no make up for missed labs unless you are charged for duty by the university or the exam of another course is given at the same hour.

What can I do if I am charged by the university for any event?
Take a paper from the university management showing you are charged. Make up for your Lab in any section which is good for you during the same experiment period by giving the excuse paper to the Lab instructor.
 
What can I do if I have any appointment at Consulate/Police (for foreign students) etc?
Take a copy of the appointment paper. Make up for your Lab in any section which is good for you during the same experiment period by giving the copy of the excuse paper to the Lab instructor.
 
What can I do if I have any exam of my other courses at my Lab hour?

Bring a paper from your Professor explaining that you have/had an exam. Make up for your Lab in any section which is good for you during the same experiment period by giving the excuse paper to the Lab instructor.

When can I make up for my missed lab if I have a valid excuse like being charged by university, having an appointment at Consulate/Police etc., having an exam of another course I take?
You can only make up for your missed lab during the same experiment period any time your lab course is tought. Except summer term this period is only one week. Each week the experiments are changed. In the summer term this period is just for 2 days.
 
What kind of excuses are valid in Physics Labs?
There are several excuses accepted:
 
  • A paper given by the university showing that you are charged for some duty: You can make up the missed experiment same experiment period with this excuse.
  • Any appointment from Consulate/Police etc. : You can make up the missed experiment same experiment period with this excuse.
  • A paper from the Professor that you have an exam of another course at the same hour: You can make up the missed experiment same experiment period with this excuse.
  • A proper medical excuse is a doctor's report taken from one of the following; our infirmary (revir), a state hospital in Istanbul. Reports from hospitals outside of Istanbul are not accepted: No make up.
  • Non medical excuses will be considered seperately: No make up.
  • For the first week, before and after holidays any excuse will be suspicious and considered seperately.
Is there any limit for missing the lab?

There is NO LIMIT for missed labs. But missed Lab grade will be ZERO. Final average Lab Grade must be at least 10 over 20 to pass.

How many of the valid excuses is accepted during the semester?
More than one valid excuse is not accepted during the semester. Only ONE..
 
With two valid excuses how can you grade my Physics Lab?
One of them will be accepted EXCUSED and ineffective in Lab Grade calculation and the other will be accepted as ZERO.
 
Where should I leave my excuse paper?
If you have an excuse letting you make up for your missed Lab, give it to the Lab Instructor you are doing your missed Experiment. Otherwise leave your excuse to Zuhal Kaplan Arık's mail box at Physics Secretary Room in no more than 2 weeks. Don't forget to write on the excuse paper:
 
  • The Course Name (Phys 101, 102,... etc.)
  • Your name clearly
  • Your Lab Section (example: MM56)
  • Date that you missed the Lab.
  • Number of the Lab week (example: 5th Experiment)

Grading & Exam

How do you calculate my Lab Grade?
For Online Semesters: Lab Reports are graded over 20; 14 for Lab Experiments, 2 for Pre-Quiz, and 4 for Post-Quiz. Total Lab Grade is calculated by using the following formula:
 
Lab Grade = Average(Lab Report+Pre-Quiz+Post-Quiz) 
 
 
For Regular Semesters: Lab Reports are graded over 12 (10 for Lab Experiments, 2 for Quiz), and Lab Final Exam is over 8. Total Lab Grade is calculated by using the following formula:
 
Lab Grade = Average(Lab Report+Quiz) + Lab Final Exam over 8
 
What is the minimum grade to pass the Lab?

Minimum grade to pass the Lab is 10 over 20.

Is there a make up for Lab Exam?

There is no Lab Exam make up.

Do I fail the Lab if I miss the Lab Exam?

If the average of your Lab Reports is 10 or more, you pass the Lab. The contribution of your Exam will be ZERO if you don't take the exam.