Physics 135/163

Content of the Course

This laboratory course will cover topics pertaining to elementary mechanics. Goal: to witness some of the laws and equations of physics "in action." In this course, we will not be "verifying" these laws; they've been tested for hundreds of years and seem pretty sound. Instead, we will concentrate on making connections between what you observe in the lab and the theoretical concepts and equations discussed in lecture and in the textbook.

This separately graded course will, in some ways, parallel the material covered in lecture, but the 2 courses are not closely tied together. Sometimes you will encounter concepts in the laboratory course first, and other times, it will be the other way around. Occasionally, you may even perform an experiment related to material that is not covered in the lecture class.

Prerequisites:
For Physics 135 (fall semester): concurrent enrollment in Physics 125.
For Physics 163 (fall and spring semesters): concurrent enrollment in Physics 153.


Spring 2014 Schedule of Laboratory Topics

Week of February 3 No Labs
Week of February 10 Significant Figures AND Introduction to the Computer Interface and DataStudio
Week of February 17 No Labs
Week of February 24 Acceleration in Freefall (Tape Timer) AND Virtual Physics Labs (Cannonball)
Week of March 3 Vector Addition and Force Tables
Week of March 10 Projectile Motion AND Atwood's Machine
Week of March 17 Lab Quiz #1 (see study guide on website)
Week of March 24 No Labs (spring break)
Week of March 31 No Labs
Week of April 7 No Labs
Week of April 14 Collisions in 1-D
Week of April 21 Moment of Inertia
Week of April 28 Conservation of Angular Momentum
Week of May 5 Standing Waves on a String
Week of May 12 Lab Quiz #2 (see study guide on website)
Week of May 19 No Labs (finals week)