First Summer Session 2005
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
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The manual for this laboratory is entirely online. 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
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 uncertainty
Part 2 9 pages - error propagation and significant figures
Part 3 1 page - significant figures (addendum to part 2)
Graphical Analysis 5 pages - guide to GA including access
Curve Fitting 7 pages
Log-Log Fits 1 page
Here are the instructions for the 6 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 <> 10 pages total
Measurement and Error
SUMMER LAB 2 <> 5 pages total
Linear and Log-log Fits
SUMMER LABS 3-6 <> (on a rotating schedule)
Air Track Lab <> 2 pages
Determination of g and Newton's 2nd Law
Conservation of Energy Lab <> 2 pages
2D Collisions Lab <> 7 pages total
Momentum and Angular Momentum
Simple Harmonic Motion Lab <> 2 pages
Vertical Spring Vibrations
How to Read a Vernier Caliper
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