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Physics 151 Lab Instructions
Fall 2016

Important Documents:
Lab Syllabus
Introduction To Laboratory Practices
  Lab Report samples:
Well written
Don't do this!
Experiments marked Instructions in color! are best printed in color for figure emphasis
New! Experiments or documents marked with star contain skills to be tested on the lab practical


Week of: Experiment:
29 Aug
  • Note that lab will be held in Bewkes 204 this week only. Direction signs will appear near the lab entrance
  • Hooke's Law star
  • For this experiment, print and read the following: Lab Syllabus & Introduction to Laboratory Practices
  • Also, review the two sample Lab Reports (links above right)
  • 5 Sep Conservation of Linear Momentum
  • For this experiment, also print Using a Photogate Timer star
  • 12 Sep Fitting Data to a Mathematical Function Instructions in color!
  • For this experiment, also print Graphing & Curve Analysis Using KaleidaGraph star Instructions in color!
  • 19 Sep Conservation of Energy on an Inclined Plane Instructions in color!
  • For this experiment, also print Reading a Vernier Caliper star Instructions in color!
  • 26 Sep Finding the Best-Fit Function star (Instructions updated 26 September, 2016)
  • Be sure to bring your copy of Graphing & Curve Analysis Using KaleidaGraph for reference
  • 3 Oct Kinematics: Constant Acceleration
    10 Oct No lab this weekFall break
    17 Oct Making a Mathematical Model for a Square Pendulum
  • For this experiment, again refer to: Graphing & Curve Analysis Using KaleidaGraph
  • 24 Oct Radial Force & Riding an Elevator Instructions in color!
  • For this experiment, also print the worksheet
  • 31 Oct Projectile Motion  Boo! Boo!
    7 Nov Kepler's 2nd Law
  • For this experiment, again refer to: Graphing & Curve Analysis Using KaleidaGraph
  •  14 Nov On the Descent of Balloons: A Theoretical Perspective 
    21 Nov No labThanksgiving break   Gobble, gobble!
    28 Nov The Speed of Light
    5 Dec Lab Practical - Information Handout

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