PC131 Mechanics Lab

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This is the Physics 131 Lab page, created and updated by Terry Sturtevant .
Page last updated Friday October 2, 2015
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Off week

Sept. 7

Repeated Measurements
Determining Human Reaction Time

Sept. 14

scientist humour

Off week

Sept. 21


Sept. 28

Off week

Oct. 5


Oct. 12 READING WEEK - No labs

Processing Uncertainties

uncertainty humour

Writing a Lab Report

Oct. 19

Off week

Oct. 26

Introduction to Spreadsheets
Nov. 2
  • Exercise Background: Introduction to Spreadsheets
  • Lab Exercise: Introduction to Spreadsheets
    Can be done independently.
    You can start it ahead of time, and get as much done as possible, and then bring what you have to you lab period. The more you have done already, the less time you'll need to spend in the lab.
    uncertainty humour
  • Hand in lab report for "Measuring 'g' "
    Be sure to attach a checklist!
    Submit electronic copy on MyLearningSpace as well.
    For the electronic submission, the following formats are acceptable: MS Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, Acrobat PDF, HTML, RTF, Plain Text

Off week

Nov. 9

Estimation , Bounding, and Order of Magnitude Calculations

Nov. 16

Off week

Nov. 23
  • Post-lab questions and tasks (if any) from last week

  • Do online quiz on MyLearningSpace between 7 a.m. Friday and 11:30 p.m. Sunday evening.

  • Revise lab report for "Measuring 'g' "

  • Prepare for lab test

    Look at the "Recap" section from each lab to see what you should be able to do.

Lab Test and Lab Evaluation

Nov. 30
  • Lab test and evaluation

    Test writing instructions

  • Hand in revised lab report for "Measuring 'g' "
    Be sure to attach the original to the revised version.

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Note: different places will specify slightly different formats for reports, but the kind of thinking and communication required will be similar.


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