Physics 136/164: Semester II Physics Lab

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.

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.

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.


Summer 2014 Schedule of Laboratory Topics

July 8 Electrical Instrumentation
July 10 Electric Field and Electric Potential
July 15 DC Circuits
July 17 Kirchhoff's Laws
July 22 Lab Quiz #1 (see study guide on website)
July 24 Electromagnetic Induction
July 29 Geometrical Optics
July 31 Thin Lenses
August 5 Atomic Spectra
August 7 Lab Quiz #2 (see study guide on website)