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Your First Lab Session

Phys 101 and Phys 102 Lab for this semester will start on the fourth or the fifth week of the semester, based on your section. You will have to be present in the lab on the date and time scheduled for you, which will be announced separately.

During you’re the first three lab session, you will be introduced to basics of Physics experimentation: Concepts such as accuracy, possible error, data collection, constructing graphs, and writing a report. Instructions for this first lab session are available on the web page . You will also meet your Lab Assistant in that session. You will be submitting your project proposal (described below) to him/her  later.

Timeline of the laboratory

 Week 1 (9 Sept. – 11 Sept.) No Lab

Week 2 (14 Sept. – 18 Sept) No Lab

Week 3 (21 Sept. – 22 Sept.) No Lab

Weeks 4, 5 (28 Sept. – 9 Oct.) First Experiments

Weeks 6, 7 (12 Oct. -23 Oct.) Second Experiments

Week 8 (30 Oct.) No Lab, Deadline for the Proposals

Weeks 9, 10 (2 Nov. -13 Nov.) Third Experiments

Week 11 (20 Nov.) Deadline for the Revised Proposals

Week 13 (4 Dec.) Deadline for the Final Report

Weeks 14, 15 Poster Pressentations

Poster Template (PDF)

The poster should be in A2 size. 

General information and grades

Physics lab includes 3 experiments (45 % contribution) and 1 final project (55% contribution).  The aim of the 3 experiments is to cover broad topic in the course and provide basic laboratory education.

1. Experiments for Phys 101 and 107

Experiment 1 – Velocity and Acceleration (%15)

Experiment 2 – Angular Velocity and Acceleration (%15)

Experiment 3 – The Torsional Oscillator (%15)

2. Experiments for Phys 102 and 108

Experiment 1 – Equipotential and Radial Electric Field Lines (%15)

Experiment 2 – Resistance and Capacitance of Circuits (%15)

Experiment 3 – RL Circuits and RLC Oscillations (%15)

3. Project

Project proposal (or Revised Proposal) (%15)

Final report (%30)

Poster presentation (%10)

Sample Project   Topics

1. Sample Project topics for Phys 101

  1. Measure equation of motion of an object
  2. Demonstrate measurement of length in different length scale (mm, m, km )
  3. Measure precision of your clock
  4. Measure gravitational acceleration
  5. Demonstrate work-energy theorem
  6. Measure static and dynamic coefficient of friction
  7. Measure centripetal acceleration
  8. Measure moment of inertia of an object
  9. Demonstrate parallel axis theorem
  10. Demonstrate uniform and non-uniform circular motion
  11. Demonstrate conservation of linear momentum
  12. Demonstrate conservation of angular momentum
  13. Use your smart phone to demonstrate a physical phenomenon you learn in the class

2. Sample Project topics for Phys 102

  1. Devise a method to measure the total charge on a small electrically conducting sphere.
  2. Construct a circuit to be used to time 1 second, using R,L and C.
  3. Build  a DC electric motor or any other experiment to demonstrate the forces on a current carrying wire due to magnetic field.
  4. Demonstrate Lens law
  5. Demonstrate Faradays law of induction
  6. Built an oscillatory circuit
  7. Measure Earth magnetic field
  8. Demonstrate basic principles of electromagnetic waves
  9. Measure distance dependence of electromagnetic forces between two magnets.
  10. Built and characterize a electromagnet
  11. Characterize ferromagnetic materials
  12. Study the physics behind the electric guitar

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Sample Proposal