PHYS 201-L Introductory Physics I LAB  

Fall 2016

Dr. Johnny B. Holmes

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: PHYS 201-L Introductory Physics I LAB

Laboratory to accompany PHYS 201 . Corequisite: enrollment in PHYS 201.

 

TEXT: Lab experiment instructions in pdf form are available below under Schedule of Labs section. We encourage students to bring their laptops or tablets to lab. Pc’s will be available for those who do not have laptops or tablets .

 

INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Johnny B. Holmes, office: AH 004.

 

PREREQUISITES BY TOPIC:

1. Basic algebra, trigonometry

 

GOALS:

This laboratory course supplements the lecture course, so it is designed to assist you in reaching the goals of Phys 201. The additional goals of this course are:

1. To provide a hands-on experience with some of the properties of mechanics studied in PHYS 201.

2. To test the models developed in Phys 201 in the real-world environment of the laboratory, and to see how well the models work and to find their limitations.

3. To acquaint the student with lab techniques.

4. To show the limitations of experimental verification of scientific theories.

 

EXPERIMENTS:

1. Composition of Concurrent Forces

2. Acceleration Due to Gravity
Computer program to help with write-up: Windows version and DOS version for Mac using DOSBOX

3. Acceleration along an Inclined Ramp

4. Newton's Second Law

5. Centripetal Force

6. Moments of Parallel Forces (Torque)

7. Atwood's Machine

8. Hooke's Law and Potential Energy

9. Fluids

10. Oscillations

11. The Vibrating String

 

GRADING:  see the instructor’s syllabus

 

SCHEDULE FOR LABS:

 

WR

Aug. 24-25

 

Composition of Concurrent Forces

1

WR

Aug. 31-Sep.1

 

none

2

WR

Sept. 7-8

*

Acceleration Due to Gravity (1st write up)
Computer help on writing up Acceleration Due to Gravity experiment:
download Windows program or DOS version for Mac using DOSBOX

3

WR

Sept. 14-15

 

Acceleration Along an Inclined Ramp

4

WR

Sept. 21-22

*

Newton's Second Law - Parts 1-4  (part of 2nd write up)

5

WR

Sep 28-29

*

Newton's Second Law – Parts 5-6  (part of 2nd write up)

6

WR

Oct. 5-6

 

Centripetal Force

7

WR

Oct. 12-13

 

Moments of Parallel Forces (Torque)

 

WR

Oct. 19-20

 

none- Fall Break

8

WR

Oct. 26-27

*

Atwood's Machine  (3rd write up)

9

WR

Nov. 2-3

 

Hooke's Law and Potential Energy

10

WR

Nov. 9-10

 

Fluids

11

WR

Nov. 16-17

 

Oscillations

 

WR

Nov 23-24

 

None- Thanksgiving

12

WR

Nov. 30-Dec.1

 

The Vibrating String

 

WR

Dec. 7-8

 

none

 

WRITTEN LAB REPORT GUIDE:   There is a sample lab report at the end of the first lab experiment (Composition of Concurrent Forces) guide.

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