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Available experiments for General Physics II



The experiments are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the pictures for a larger image.


conservation of energy  

Charge to mass ratio of an electron


In this experiment e/m of the electron is determined from the relationship between the electric potential used to accelerate the electron to a given speed, the strength of the magnetic field that influences the electron's motion, and the radius of the circular path which the electron follows.





Download: Charge to mass ratio of Electron.pdf

collision 1D  

Current Balance


In this experiment, the students verify that the force between two wires are proportional to the product of the currents, and estimate the proportionality constant involved.






Download: Current Balance.pdf


Diffraction and Interference


In this experiment students examine what happens when a plane coherent monochromatic beam of light from a laser is incident on single slits of various widths, and double slits of various widths and separations.






Download: Interference.pdf

equilibrium of a particle  

Electric Field Mapping


Using several boards with different conducting patterns and a voltmeter, students trace equipotential lines.







Download: Electric Field Mapping.pdf


centripetal force  

Electromagnetic Induction


In this experiment an emf will be induced in one coil by moving a magnet near the coil. Also, by moving a second coil with a current in it near the first coil, and by changing the current in the second coil.






Download: Electromagnetic Induction.pdf

equilibrium of a particle   Electrostatics

To study charges, the forces they exert on each other, and their flow between materials, both conducting and non-conducting. Many of these tests are similar to ones carried out in the eighteenth century. Most of the observations in this experiment will be qualitative.







Download: Electrostatics.pdf



The Human Eye


In this experiment, students will learn about lenses and their properties by working with a model of the human eye. Astigmatism, near, and far sightedness are discussed.






Download: Human Eye.pdf


Oscillations of a string


In this experiment, free and forced oscillations of a string are studied. The free oscillations of a string that is fixed at both ends are investigated by driving the string very weakly with a force that varies sinusoidally with time. It will be assumed that the coupling is so weak that the free vibrations are unaffected by the driving force. The forced vibrations of a string fixed at one end and driven at the other end are also studied.




Download: Oscillations of a string.pdf


Oscilloscope and EKG sensor


In this lab, the students become familiar with 2 oscilloscopes and EKG sensor. The oscilloscope that you will be using is made by BK Precision. You will also become familiar on the use of the Casptone scope and you will use the EKG sensor in conjunction with the Capstone scope.





Download: Oscilloscope and EKG sensor.pdf

mechanical equivalent of heat  

RC Circuit


This lab is concerned with the characteristics of capacitors and circuits with resistors and capacitors connected in series (RC circuits). The primary focus will be on the response of a RC Circuit to a step voltage and a voltage square wave.






Download: RC Circuit.pdf

resonance   Resonace Tube


This experiment investigates standing sound waves in a tube subject to different boundary conditions. One end of the tube is closed off with a small speaker. The other end is closed with a movable piston which can be used to change the length of the tube. Sinusoidal sound waves are produced by the speaker and detected by a small microphone in the tube. At resonant frequencies of the tube, the sound waves will be enhanced. In a second experiment, a pulse of sound is sent down the tube and then the reflected pulse is examined.



Download: Resonance.pdf

mechanical equivalent of heat  

RL Circuit


This lab is concerned with the characteristics of Inductors and circuits with resistors and Inductors connected in series (RL circuits). The primary focus will be on the response of a RL Circuit to a step voltage and a voltage square wave.





Download: RL Circuit.pdf


Snells Law


In this experiment students examine Snell’s law and observe refractions of light through various substrates.







Download: Snells's Law.pdf

resonance   Sonometer


In this experiment you will be observing the oscillations of a string. The arrangement of the equipment is similar to a guitar. You will be plucking the string and observing the frequencies using a FFT.






Download: Sonometer.pdf

newton's 2nd  

Voltage, Current, and Resistance (Parts I and II)


The purpose of this experiment is to learn how voltage and currents are generated and measured in the laboratory, and to investigate how voltage and current are related in resistors. This lab will be completed in two classes.




Download: VoltCurRes1.pdf (Part 1)

Download: VoltCurRes2.pdf (Part 2)