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Available experiments for Intro Experimental Physics I



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


ballistic pendulum   Ballistic Pendulum

In this experiment students will measure the speed of a projectile fired by a ballistic pendulum by the use of a kinematic method and by the use of the law of conservation of energy and momentum. Students will also use their data to plot a Gaussian distribution to calculate the mean and uncertainty of the velocity.





Download: Ballistic Pendulum.pdf

  Centripetal Force

Students determine the period of a revolving weight (M1) and use the information to calculate angular velocity and centripetal force. After they compare the centripetal force with a hanging mass (M2).







Download: Centripetal Force.pdf

collision 1D   Collisions in One Dimension

Students will investigate the principle of momentum conservation by studying collisions in one dimension using two bodies/ gliders on an air track. Energy conservation will also be explored by analyzing elastic and inelastic collisions. For the second part of the experiment, students will plot a Gaussian distribution to analyze their data for the inelastic collision.





Download: Collision in 1D.pdf

  Conservation of Energy

The purpose of this experiment is to verify the concepts of potential energy and conservation of energy for the uniform gravitational field and for an ideal Hooke's Law spring.







Download: Conservation of Energy.pdf

equilibrium of a particle   Equilibrium of a Particle

Newton's 1st Law is investigated. The apparatus consists of a force table, and a set of movable pulleys with weights. A string is attached to a small ring at the top of the table which is centered with a pin.







Download: Equilibrium of a particle.pdf

  Measurements and Uncertainties

The first lab gives you an idea how to take accurate measurements and to critical think of your uncertainties. If you believe that the first lab is easy then you will be in for a rude awakening. This lab will test your experimental skills!






Download: Measurements and Uncertainties

motion1   Motion 1 + 2

This experiment familiarizes the student with the lab's DataStudio software and motion sensor. Also, for the second part of the experiment the students study the relationships between position, velocity, acceleration, and time. This lab focuses on the one dimensional case where each quantity can be considered as a scalar. Acceleration is also taken to be constant.





Download: Motion 1+2.pdf

newton's 2nd   Newton's 2nd Law

Students will verify Newton's 2nd Law and some of its applications.








Download: Newtons 2nd law.pdf

rotational motion   Rotational Motion

The relationship between torque, moment of inertia, and angular acceleration for a rigid body rotating about a fixed axis is investigated. Conservation of angular momentum is also examined.







Download: Rotational Motion.pdf

work-energy   Work-Energy

The work-energy relationship is explored by looking at the energy of a glider and weight at different positions during a fall.








Download: Work Energy.pdf