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. Read these introductory pages to check
your understanding. 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)
Your primary tool for data analysis will be the
computer program Graphical Analysis (GA).
Graphical Analysis 5 pages - guide to GA including outdated access page
Access from Campus PC's 1 page - supercedes 5th page of GA guide - updated 8/22
Curve Fitting 7 pages
Log-Log Fits 1 page - addendum to Curve Fitting
Your Lab Reports are 80% of your final grade (see the
syllabus for more details).
Writing Lab Reports 5 pages (1 blank!) - a general guide
Available on the Schedule Page
How to Read a Vernier Caliper
Final Grades Now Available
PLEASE CHECK TO SEE THAT YOUR GRADE IS CALCULATED CORRECTLY
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