This laboratory course will cover topics in 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.
For Physics 135 (fall semester, summer): concurrent enrollment in Physics 125.
For Physics 163 (fall and spring semesters): concurrent enrollment in Physics 153.
|Week of September 8||No Labs|
|Week of September 15
||Significant Figures AND Introduction to Computational
|Week of September 22||Acceleration in Freefall AND Cannonball Computer Simulation|
|Week of September 29
||Vector Addition/Force Table|
|Week of October 6||Projectile Motion AND Atwood's Machine|
|Week of October 13||First Quiz (see study guide on website)|
|Week of October 20||No Labs
|Week of October 27||No Labs|
|Week of November 3
||Collisions in 1-D
|Week of November 10||Moment of Inertia|
|Week of November 17||Conservation of Angular Momentum|
|Week of November 24
||No Labs (Thanksgiving)|
|Week of December 1
|Week of December 8||Second Quiz (see study guide on website)|
|Week of December 15||No Labs|