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 Friday May 12, 2017
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Course Material

Week of ... Lab/Exercise Resource Material
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  Off week

Jan. 1

Standing Waves on a String

Jan. 8

  Off week

Jan. 15

  Exercise: Linearizing Equations

Jan. 22

  Off week

Jan. 29

  Exercise: Graphing and Least Squares Fitting

graph humour

Feb. 5

  Off week
Feb. 12


Feb. 19 READING WEEK - No labs

  Lab: Standing Waves in an Air Column

Feb. 26

  Off week

March 5

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

March 12
  • Lab Exercise: Plotting Curves Using a Spreadsheet

    If using Excel on a MAC, to populate the array of values with the LINEST function, instead of F2, try using COMMAND+Shift+Enter.
    (If that doesn't work, tryCTRL+U followed by CTRL+Shift+Enter.)

  • Get back marked report for "Standing Waves on a String"

  Off week

March 19
  • Do online quiz on MyLearningSpace between 10 a.m. Friday and 11:30 p.m. Sunday evening.

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

  • [optional] Prepare lab report for "Standing Waves in an Air Column"

  • 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 26
  • Hand in revised lab report for "Standing Waves on a String"
    Be sure to attach the original!

  • (Optional) Hand in lab report for "Standing Waves in an Air Column"
    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

  • 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 ]

Links about writing

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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