First Summer Session 2001
PHY-122 is the 1-credit laboratory course accompanying PHY-121, University
Physics I, which covers the subject of Introductory Mechanics. PHY-121 must be
taken at the same time as (or either before) PHY-122.
For logistical and economical reasons the material covered in the two courses
is not coordinated in time. The expectation is that, over the course of the
term, material learned in one course will enhance the understanding of the
material received in the other.
The full text of the syllabus is also available as a pdf file.
Lab Format and Policies
Course Updates no updates yet
We are in the process of moving the manual for this laboratory to an
online format. Those parts of the online manual which are complete
will appear on this page. You are responsible for downloading these
pages, reading them beforehand, and bringing them with you to the
appropriate lab. DO NOT PRINT OUT YOUR LABS ON THE PRINTERS IN THE
LAB ROOMS. These files are in pdf format. The free Adobe Acrobat
pdf reader is available
here. Pages for those labs which are
not yet available online will be provided free
of charge in the 122 lab rooms a minimum of one week in advance.
You are expected to know some elementary ideas about distributions
and samples. For example, you should know what a histogram is;
you should know what standard deviation is, and how to find it,
by hand if you are asked. If you don't know these things, then
you will need to read these introductory pages. At least one
person in your group should have these pages available as
reference material while you are working on your labs.
Part 1 9 pages - histograms and standard deviation
Part 2 9 pages - formal error propagation
Informal Error Propagation 1 page
Graphical Analysis 4 pages
Curve Fitting 7 pages
Log-Log Fits 1 page
Access from Campus PC's 1 page
Here are the instructions for the 5 labs that we do in the summer.
Each summer lab is generally a combination of 2 spring or fall labs.
You are responsible for bringing these with you to each lab. DO NOT
PRINT OUT YOUR LABS ON THE PRINTERS IN THE LAB ROOMS.
SUMMER LAB 1 <> 7 pages total
SUMMER LAB 2 <> 4 pages total
SUMMER LABS 3-5 <> (on a rotating schedule)
Air Track Lab <> 2 pages
Determination of g and Newton's 2nd Law
2D Collisions Lab <> 7 pages total
Conservation of Energy Lab <> 4 pages total
Swinging Pendulum and for
Simple Harmonic Motion
How to Read a Vernier Caliper
Final Grade Now Available