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NYU Physics Department  

Intro Experimental Physics I


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  1. Intro to Python and data analysis

For the first week you will be learing how to setup and run Python program. The Python program is useful for all kinds of scientific and engineering tasks. It can be used to analyze and plot data. Also, you can use it to numerically solve science and engineering problems that are difficult or even impossible to solve analytically.







  2. 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!







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motion1   3. 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.







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  4. 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.






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collision 1D   5. 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.





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work-energy   6. 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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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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  8. 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).







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rotational motion   9. 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