Physics Laboratory: Electricity and Magnetism, Waves and Optics
Spring Quarter 2011, UC San Diego
Prof. Oleg Shpyrko,
Office: Mayer Hall Addition 3210
Phone: (858) 53
: Monday, 1pm – 2pm
Office Hours TBA (Office is down the hall from the lab room, MHA 2544)
Mondays, 7:00 p.m. – 7:50 p.m., York Hall 2722
Mayer Hall Addition (MHA) 2544
Prerequisites: PHYS 2B
(as opposed to PHYS 2C advertised in catalog)
Contains Lab Manual, Schedules, Homework Lecture Notes,
“How to Ace Lab Report” and other useful handouts.
Electrical circuits (resistors, capacitor, inductance coils), lenses and optics,
interference/diffraction; propagation of uncertainties; Measurements and errors; statistical analysis of
random errors; normal distribution; least squares fitting; probability distributions;
-squared test for a
John R. Taylor,
An Introduction to Error Analysis
, 2nd Ed., 1997
Available through WebCT
Two 7-7/8 x 10 1/8 quadrille ruled notebooks (or similar size/format). Label them 1 and
2 (also mark them with your name, email, and lab section day/time). You will work with one notebook
while the other one is being graded. Lab notes will be recorded in notebook and signed by TAs at the end
of lab periods. These pages will be torn out and attached to TYPED lab reports.
A scientific calculator with a simple statistical analysis package (mean, standard deviation,
and linear regression) is required for data analysis, and definitely for final exam.
You will be offered a list of homework problems from the textbook. Homework will NOT
be graded, but is strongly recommended for better understanding of material learned in class and
preparation for the final exam.