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212_syllabus_fall_2008 - PHYS 0212 Introduction to...

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PHYS 0212 Introduction to Laboratory Physics, Fall 2008 1 Syllabus for Physics 0212 Introduction to Laboratory Physics Fall 2008 Course and Instructor Information CRN 10942 Instructor Russell Clark Phone 412-624-9204 email ruc2@pitt.edu Office OEH 404 Office hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 12:00pm-2:00pm Tuesday and Thursday: 2:00pm-4:00pm Other times by appointment. Course Description and Objectives All sciences are a combination of theory (the hypothesis) and measurement (the experiment). A theory has no value unless it can be verified, or tested, by experiment. Once a theory passes this test, it may be expanded and tested further, which is the way that Physics and other sciences progress. So understanding experimental work is vital to understanding the process of science. A typical introductory physics course sequence, such as Physics 0110 and 0111, teaches the student the basic principles of Physics that were learned through the interplay of theory and experiment over several hundred years. Such courses focus on the theory side of Physics. In this course, you will learn how the experimental process works by learning how to obtain, analyze and present experimental results. You will also see the basic principles you have learned in action, to see the physical reality behind the equations. Along the way you will learn to use the basic tools of experimental physics, from simple measuring devices such as a ruler, to sophisticated digital data acquisition systems. You will learn how physical theories are tested within the bounds of experimental uncertainties. By the end of the course you will have performed experiments and tested theories on the topics of mechanics, waves, energy conservation, fluid mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, spectroscopy and radiation. The course is structured in two parts, a recitation and a lab with attendance required for both. The 50-minute recitation lecture will introduce the physical principles that are to be demonstrated by the experiments in the lab sessions. The lab sessions will include instruction on how to use the equipment and how to perform the experiment. The remainder of the lab will be used to collect and analyze the data. Required Materials The following materials are required for the course and may be purchased at the University Book Center. 1) A lab manual titled, Introduction to Laboratory Physics by Russell J. Clark. 2) The Student Lab Notebook with Spiral Binding (50 Carbonless Duplicate Sets) by Hayden McNeil. 3) A scientific calculator that has trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions. Statistical functions are also useful.
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PHYS 0212 Introduction to Laboratory Physics, Fall 2008 2 General Information for the Labs 1) Eating and drinking are not permitted in the labs. This is both for your safety and to prevent damage to the laboratory equipment. 2)
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