Physics 135/Physics 163

Fall 2014

Content of the Course

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.


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


Schedule of Laboratory Topics

Week of September 8 No Labs
Week of September 15
Significant Figures AND Introduction to Computational Analysis
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
Standing Waves
Week of December 8 Second Quiz (see study guide on website)
Week of December 15 No Labs