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Introductory Physics Laboratory Manual Introduction The aim of the laboratory exercise is to give the student an insight into the significance of the physical ideas through actual manipulation of apparatus, and to bring him or her into contact with the methods and instruments of physical investigation. Each exercise is designed to teach or reinforce an important law of physics which, in most cases, has already been introduced in the lecture and textbook. Thus the student is expected to be acquainted with the basic ideas and terminology of an experiment before coming to the laboratory. The exercises in general involve measurements, graphical representation of the data, and calculation of a final result. The student should bear in mind that equipment can malfunction and final results may differ from expected values by what may seem to be large amounts. This does not mean that the exercise is a failure. The success of an experiment lies rather in the degree to which a student has: mastered the physical principles involved, understood the theory and operation of the instruments used, and realized the significance of the final conclusions. The student should know well in advance which exercise is to be done during a specific laboratory period. The laboratory instructions and the relevant section of the text should be read before coming to the laboratory. All of the apparatus at a laboratory place is entrusted to the care of the student working at that place, and he or she is responsible for it. At the beginning of each laboratory period it is the duty of the student to check over the apparatus and be sure that all of the items listed in the instructions are present and in good condition. Any deficiencies should be reported to the instructor immediately. The procedure in each of these exercises has been planned so that it is possible for the prepared student to perform the experiment in the scheduled laboratory period. Data sheets should be initialed by your instructor or TA. Each student is required to submit a written report which presents the student’s own data, results and the discussion requested in the instructions. Questions that appear in the instructions should be thought about and answered at the corresponding position in the report. Answers should be written as complete sentences. If possible, reports should be handed in at the end of the laboratory period. However, if this is not possible, they must be submitted no later than the beginning of the next exercise OR the deadline set by your instructor. Reports will be graded, and when possible, discussed with the student. You may check with the TA about your grade two weeks after you have submitted it. 1
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Laboratory Manners 1. Smoking is not permitted in any college building.
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