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NYU Physics Department  

General Physics I


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motion1   1. Motion 1

This experiment familiarizes the student with Capstone, Graph match, and the motion sensors. Also, the basic aspects of position, velocity, and acceleration.







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equilibrium of a particle   2. Motion 2

Relationships between position, velocity, acceleration, and time are studied. This lab focuses on the one dimensional case where each quantity can be considered as a scalar. Acceleration is taken to be constant while the mass varies.






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newton's 2nd   3. Newton's 2nd Law

Students will verify Newton's 2nd Law usinag a force sensor and then with a system of two masses.







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work-energy   4. Work-Energy

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







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conservation of energy   5. Conservation of Energy

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






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Collisions in 1D   6. Collisions in One Dimension

Students will investigate the principle of momentum conservation by studying collisions in one dimension using two bodies/ gliders. Energy conservation will also be explored by analyzing elastic and inelastic collisions.






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ballistic pendulum   7. Ballistic Pendulum

In this experiment students measure the speed of a projectile by a kinematic method and also by the use of a ballistic pendulum. The latter method illustrates the use of conservation of energy and momentum.





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centripetal force   8. Centripetal Force

Students measure the period of a revolving weight and use the information to calculate angular velocity and compare the centripetal force with the force of gravity.






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Human Arm   9. Human Arm


To investigate the relationship between torque, moment of inertia, and angular acceleration for a human arm. Bicep force vs mass, triceps extension, and rotational inertia of the forearm will be observed.






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gas law   10. Ideal Gas Law and Absolute Zero

Students will investigate how the pressure between a given quantity of gas in a fixed volume varies with temperature. This linear relationship between pressure and temperature is extrapolated to zero pressure. The temperature at which this occurs is absolute zero.





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