Physics 164: Semester II Physics Lab

Fall Semester, 2012

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: Physics 153 or equivalent, with lab, & concurrent enrollment in Physics 154. 


Schedule of Laboratory Topics

Week of September 3
No Labs
Week of September 10

Geometrical optics

Week of September 17

Polarized Light

Week of September 24 Thin Lenses
Week of October 1
Electrical Instrumentation AND DC Circuits (2 labs this week)
Week of October 8
Quiz #1
Week of October 15
No labs (fall break)
Week of October 22 Electric field and electric potentials
Week of October 29
Kirchhoff's Laws
Week of November 5
Electromagnetic Induction
Week of November 12 Diffraction and Interference of Light
Week of November 19
No labs (Thanksgiving break)
Week of November 26
Atomic Spectra
Week of December 3
Quiz #2
Week of December 10 Final exam week - no labs