122 Syllabus

First Summer Session 2004

     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 here.

     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.

Data Analysis 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 <> 11 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
2D Collisions Lab <> 7 pages total
     Conservation of Momentum and Angular Momentum
Conservation of Energy Labs <> 4 pages total
     for Swinging Pendulum and for Simple Harmonic Motion

How to Read a Vernier Caliper


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Razieh Behkam
Eric Dykeman
Yoshiko Oharu