Topic outline

  • Introduction to experimental physics

    NSC617 - 3 Credits - Introductory


    Time: Tu 1.30pm-4.50 pm
    Place: Sci 117A
    Faculty: Sara Salimbeni

    A laboratory course intended to give an introduction to experimental methods in physics. Topics include mechanics and thermodynamics. You will acquire familiarity with a variety of laboratory instruments, techniques and statistical tools. You will also learn how to record and present your observations and results. This class will help you to further develop experimental common sense and "physical intuition".


    Prerequisite: General physics 1 or approval from the teacher

    There is no required text for this course. 

    An useful reference: An introduction to error analysis. Study of uncertainties in physical measuraments by John Taylor. 

  • Lab 1 - 1/29/2013

    This first Lab  is focused on giving you some of the tools you will need during this semester,  in an interctive way. We will focuse on statistics, and writing in latex. 

    Reference for statistics: Book by Taylor Chapters 1,2 & 4

    • LAB 2 - 2/5/2013 - R tutorial & Measurements of length

      • LAB 3 - 2/12/2013 - What metal is this? - Measurement of the the density of a metal.

        • LAB 4 - 2/19/2013 - Hook's law and conservation of energy

          • LAB 4 - 2/26/2013- Archimede priciple

            • LAB 5 - 35/2031 - Open lab

              • LAB 6 - 3/12/2013 -open Lab

                • LAB 7 - 4/2/2013 -Torque

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                    LAB 8- 4/9/2-13 -Friction

                    • LAB 9 4/16/2013- open lab

                      • LAB 10 4/23/2013 Specific heat of Metal

                        • LAB 11 4/30/2013 - Pendulum

                          • LAB 12 5/7/2013- Open LAB