Second Summer Session 2008
PHY-132 is the 1-credit laboratory course accompanying PHY-131, University
Physics I, which covers the subject of Electricity and Magnetism. PHY-131
must be taken at the same time as (or either before) PHY-132.
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Graphical Analysis 5 pages - guide to GA including outdated access page
Access from Campus PC's 1 page - supercedes 5th page of GA guide - updated 8/22/05
Graphical Analysis Manual from Vernier Software - Optional
Curve Fitting 7 pages
Log-Log Fits 1 page
Here are the instructions for the 10 labs that we do in the summer.
You are responsible for bringing these with you to each lab (except
for LAB 1 - OSCILLOSCOPE which will be provided in the lab rooms).
DO NOT PRINT OUT YOUR LABS ON THE PRINTERS IN THE LAB ROOMS.
Note: Some of the instructions include a pre-lab quiz. You may ignore
these; however, sometimes these make good material for interview
SUMMER LAB 1 <> 3 pages
SUMMER LABS 2-3 <> (on a rotating schedule)
Ohm's Law 4 pages
Electric Potential and Electric Fields 4 pages
SUMMER LABS 4-5 <> (on a rotating schedule)
Electric Power - DC Circuits 3 pages
Capacitors 3 pages
SUMMER LABS 6-7 <> (on a rotating schedule)
Magnetic Fields 7 pages
Current Balance 4 pages
SUMMER LABS 8-9 <> (on a rotating schedule)
Faraday's Law 4 pages
RC Time Constant 6 pages
SUMMER LAB 10 <> 5 pages
LRC Circuit (Phases)
How to Read a Vernier Caliper
Graphical Analysis Demo and Manual from Vernier Software