Physics 136/164: Semester II Physics Lab

Fall Semester, 2014

Content of the Course

This laboratory course will cover topics pertaining to electricity, magnetism, and optics. 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 136 (spring semester): Physics 125 or equivalent, with lab, & concurrent enrollment in Physics 126. 
For Physics 164 (fall and spring semesters): Physics 153 or equivalent, with lab, & concurrent enrollment in Physics 154.


Schedule of Laboratory Topics

Week of September 8
No Labs
Week of September 15

DC Circuits 1

Week of September 22

DC Circuits 2

Week of September 29
Electric Field and Electric Potential
Week of October 6
Kirchhoff's Law's
Week of October 13 Lab Quiz #1 (see study guide on website)
Week of October 20
No labs (fall break)
Week of October 27 Electromagnetic Induction
Week of November 3
Geometric Optics
Week of November 10
Thin Lenses
Week of November 17 Diffraction and Interference of Light
Week of November 24 No labs (Thanksgiving break)
Week of December 1
Atomic Spectra
Week of December 8
Lab Quiz #2 (see study guide on website)
Week of December 15 Final exam week - no labs