PC132 Thermodynamics and Waves Lab

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This is the Physics 132 Lab page, created and updated by Terry Sturtevant .
Page last updated Tuesday April 21, 2015
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Standing Waves on a String

Jan. 4

Off week

Jan. 11

Exercise: Linearizing Equations

Jan. 18

Off week

Jan. 25

Exercise: Graphing and Least Squares Fitting

graph humour

Feb. 1

Off week
Feb. 8


Feb. 15 READING WEEK - No labs

Exercise: Library Research

library humour

Feb. 22
  • Lab Exercise: Library Research in room L314

  • Hand in lab report for "Standing Waves on a String"
    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

Feb. 29

Exercise: Plotting Curves Using a Spreadsheet
Can be done independently.

March 7

Off week

March 14
  • Do online quiz on MyLearningSpace between 7 p.m. Monday and 11:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.

  • Revise lab report for "Standing Waves on a String"

    Help sessions by IA in N2090 -
    1. Monday March 14 at about 5:00 p.m.
    2. Tuesday March 15 at about 4:00 p.m.
    3. Wednesday March 16 at about 5:00 p.m.

  • 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

March 21
  • Hand in revised lab report for "Standing Waves on a String"
    Be sure to attach the original!
  • Lab test and evaluation

    Test writing instructions [ March 20, 2012 ]
Summary of questions from previous PC131 lab tests which were answered incorrectly by more than half of the class. [ March 17, 2011 ]

Off week

March 28

Links about writing

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