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.


Spring 2013 Schedule of Laboratory Topics

Week of February 4
No labs - first week of class
Week of February 11 2 labs: Significant Figures/Sci Notation AND Introduction to the Computer Interface
Week of February 18
No labs - Presidents' Day
Week of February 25
Acceleration in Freefall: tape timer
Week of March 4
Vector Addition
Week of March 11 2 labs: Atwood's Machine AND Projectile Motion
Week of March 18
Lab Quiz #1
Week of March 25
No Labs (spring break)
Week of April 1
Collisions in 1-D
Week of April 8
No Labs
Week of April 15
Standing Waves
Week of April 22 Moment of Inertia
Week of April 29
No Labs
 Week of May 6
Conservation of Angular Momentum
 Week of May 13 Lab Quiz #2
Week of May 20
No Labs (Finals Week)