In this introduction to the physics laboratory, well perform exercises that will [it is to be
introduce the notion of calibration in experimental science,
illustrate the idea of indirect measurement,
In this physics laboratory, well measure a spring constant via two independent means.
In the process, well perform exercises that shall reinforce ideas of
direct and indirect measurements simultaneously or in close sequence
Momentum and Collisions
In this physics laboratory, well discover an important physical phenomenon. In the
process, well see
that careful attention to Nature may yield interesting surprises, and
that creative design can eliminate the
Physics Laboratory Exercise #5
In performing a series of experiments, various lists of times (in seconds), with error 0.15 s,
were read o a stopwatch.
In each case, choose a representative (average) value along with an associated error.
Time [ s
Physics Laboratory Exercise #1
(1) A circles diameter is measured to be 11.4 0.6 cm.
(a) Compute the radius of the circle.
(b) Compute the circumference of the circle.
(c) Compute the area of the circle.
(2) A rectangular sheet of paper has width 21
Physics Laboratory Exercise #3
After the pencil lab, PK played with a building block set belonging to his kids. One
block in particular caught his attention as it was pyramidal. Employing a 15 cm ruler, he
measured the lengths of the two base sides
Physics Laboratory Exercise #8
Car A, of mass MA = 500 g, moves with speed v = 0.75 m/s, along a horizontal frictionless one-dimensional track. Car B, also weighing MB = 500 g, is at rest on the
(1) (a) Compute the initial momentum
Physics Laboratory Exercise #2
Last year, PK determined that his (experimentally measured) time to walk one hundred
Rate, r = 16.0 0.5 seconds per 100 ft.
Later that same day he walked to PUBLIX from his home. As he walked he listened to th
Coecient of Kinetic Friction
In this physics laboratory, well measure a coecient of kinetic friction. In the process,
well perform exercises that shall reinforce ideas of
dierence measurement or on the y calibration,
The Volume of a Pencil
In this experiment, we will perform a direct measurement using specialised tools and gain
more practice handling experimental uncertainty (error). The instructional goals of this
learning to use caliper
Measuring g with a Car and an Inclined Plane
Lets remeasure the magnitude of the local acceleration due to gravity: g. In the process,
well reinforce ideas of
choosing the better mode of measurement (under given circumstances),
Measuring g With a Car, Weights, and a Pulley
In this physics laboratory, well measure the magnitude of the local acceleration due to
gravity, g, by fairly direct means. In the process, we shall reinforce ideas of
In these brief introductory notes, we shall discuss the rudimentary rules which govern
the manner in which experimental error propagates through ones analysis. These rules
enable derivation of many of the error formulae which w
Physics Laboratory Exercise #4
In performing an experiment, the data, with errors, recorded in the following table, were
X [ x-units ]
Y [ y-units ]