Kinematics Lab: Freefall

Before Class Preparation:

In Class Activity:

  • Free fall of a dropped ball: start data collection

After Class Work:

Intro to Physics Experiments: Waves

Before Class Preparation:

In Class Activity:

  • Lesson: Averaging raw data and its uncertainties
  • Complete Air Column Resonance Raw Data Table in Google Classroom

After Class Work:

Resonance in an air column

Before Class Preparation:

  • Read this overview of Resonance in an Air Column
  • Answer Pre-Lab Questions in Google Classroom (due before class)
  • What is the distance between different parts of a standing wave (nodes, anti-node) in terms of wavelength?
  • Read this handout: Air Column Resonance
    • Print if possible
    • Identify the variables on the handout
    • We’ll be working with water, so computers are not a good idea
  • Download frequency apps:

In Class Activity:

  • What is the goal in a science experiment?
  • Resonance of standing waves
  • Resonance in an air column
  • Verifying the speed of sound in air
  • Record your results here or scan the QR code:

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After Class Work:

Lab Exam (Culminating)

Before Class Preparation:

  • Review pre-labs from the semester

In Class Work:

20 minute quiz: Investigation Skills

Can you:

  • Identify independent/dependent/relevant control variables based on an experiment/equation
  • Identify correct units for all variables
  • Create a research question based on variables
  • Linearize a graph based on given equation
  • Use algebra to explain the linearization
  • Predict what the expected slope of a graph should be
  • Identify the correct unit for the expected slope

After quiz:

  • Collect data from the experiment for your final report

After Class Work:

  • Start organizing data from class and complete full lab report

Double Slit Interference

Before Class Preparation:

In Class Activity:

  • Quantitatively describing double-slit interference intensity patterns
  • Qualitatively describing the diffraction pattern formed when plane waves are incident normally on a single-slit

After Class Work:

Lab: Conservation of Mechanical Energy

Before Class Preparation:

  • Go to the Google Classroom and complete the pre-lab questions:
    • Research Question
    • Identify variables
    • Brief theory behind your question and derivation of the equation that fits your research question
    • Linearization prediction
  • Check out Who’s got the Power? Activity

In Class Activity:

After Class Work:

  • Braingenie
  • Daily journal for Physics blog