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.
For Physics 135 (fall semester): concurrent enrollment in Physics 125.
For Physics 163 (fall and spring semesters): concurrent enrollment in Physics 153.
|Week of September 16
||Significant Figures AND Introduction to the Computer
Interface and DataStudio
|Week of September 23||Acceleration in Freefall (Tape Timer) and Cannonball Computer Simulation|
|Week of September 30||Vector Addition and Force Tables|
|Week of October 7||Projectile Motion, Atwood's Machine|
|Week of October 14||First Quiz|
|Week of October 21||No Labs
|Week of October 28||No Labs|
|Week of November 4
||Collisions in 1-D
|Week of November 11||Moment of Inertia|
|Week of November 18||Conservation of Angular Momentum|
|Week of November 25
||No Labs (Thanksgiving)|
|Week of December 2||Standing Waves on a String|
|Week of December 9||Second Quiz|
|Week of December 16||No Labs|