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NYU Physics Department  

General Physics II


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resonance   1. 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

equilibrium of a particle   2.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


equilibrium of a particle   3. Electric Field Mapping

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







Download: Electric Field Mapping.pdf


work-energy   4. 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 Capstone scope and you will use the EKG sensor in conjunction with the Capstone scope.






Download: Oscilloscope and EKG sensor.pdf

newton's 2nd   5-6. 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)

conservation of energy   7. Charge to Mass Ratio of 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

centripetal force   8. 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

eye   9. 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

  10. Snell's Law

In this experiment students examine Snells law. They will shine a laser through various materials and determine the amount of diffraction that occurs.







Download: Snells's Law.pdf