Physics Laboratory & Research
An inquiry-based Laboratory experience supports the Physics course by focusing on experimental design, advanced data analysis, and reduction, and experimental laboratory techniques, and instrumentation. Experiments will be drawn from a variety of physics areas.
Then in the next first half of a two-semester sequence. The learner will work with a faculty member to develop and conduct a senior research project including a search of the relevant literature and presentation of the proposed research idea.
Lastly, in the second half of a two-semester sequence. The learner will work with a faculty member to conduct a senior research project including giving an oral presentation of the final results and writing up the results in a form suitable for publications.
00 - Pilot
Course Number : PLR
Level : Intermediate
Course Features :
Lecture Notes, Assignment, Lab Reports, Exam, Projects, and Examples*
Course Description :
The purpose of performing Physics Experiments in the laboratory is not only to reinforce the material you learn in Physics Lecture but also to enhance learner understanding of how scientific knowledge actually progresses. As learners perform the experiments in this manual, the learner will encounter a messy reality quite unlike the tidy exercises of learner textbooks, a reality of inconclusive results, subtle equipment problems, and experimental biases. It is hoped that this course will give learners a taste of the difficulties and thrills of real experimentation and that learners come away with a greater appreciation of how the laws of nature are teased out of "real world" measurements.
Course Meeting Times :
This course consists of two parts: a required fifty-minute lecture component at the beginning of each experiment cycle, and a weekly three-hour session in the laboratory. Many of the experiments in this manual require a large number of measurements and prior work. The lecture is meant to prepare you for each week's measurements, thereby minimizing leaner time (and difficulties) in the lab.
AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, Physics 101, Physics 102, Physics 103, Physics 104, Physics 201, Physics 202, Physics 203
Course Recommended Text :
These Courses are self-written, all lecture notes, PowerPoint, and reading material are available online as HTML documents and pdf files. there is no other required text.
Grading Policy :
The grade for the course is dominated by learner weekly reports. In the laboratory, the learner may share data with the learner's lab partner and discuss all aspects of the experiment. However, learners are not to share data with other lab groups in the learner's own section or any other section. Moreover, the data analysis and interpretation that goes into the lab report must be performed independent of the learner's partner and written in the learner's own words. Failure to comply with this rule is considered plagiarism.
The learner will also be graded on learner preparation for and participation in the experiments. Read this manual before coming to the labs, and during each experiment, please follow laboratory etiquette (no drinking, no eating, and no cellphones).