INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS LABORATORY


All of the laws of physics are expressions of experimentally observed regularities in nature. In the laboratory you will have an opportunity to observe those regularities directly. Laboratory work is a very important part of a course in general physics. It reinforces the student’s understanding of fundamental concepts and principles while, at the same time, helping the student to develop skill in carrying out scientific measurements. For these reasons, successful completion of the laboratory work will be required of every student.


GENERAL LABORATORY DIRECTIONS


1. Responsibility.

This laboratory has been equipped at considerable expense, so it is essential that you exercise care in the use of the equipment. At the beginning of each laboratory period you check the list of required equipment for the experiment (see
laboratory manual) to confirm that you have all of it and that it is in good condition. You should report missing or damaged equipment to your instructor immediately. At the end of each period, please put your place in order and again check that all of the equipment is there. By following this simple procedure faithfully and conscientiously, you will help us to ensure that equipment is maintained in good working and you will aid the instructor in keeping the laboratory running smoothly.


2. Preparation.

Before you come to the laboratory you should read:

  • The instructions for your assigned experiment,
  • The relevant sections of your textbook, and
  • The questions at the end of the experiment, in order that you may look for the answers while performing the experiment.


3. Submission of Report.

The report on each experiment is due, and is to be handed in, either at the end of the laboratory session or at the next laboratory period following the one in which the exercise was performed, depending on what your instructor specifies. When a report is not submitted on time, the grade for the experiment is subject to a penalty for lateness.


4. Laboratory Grades.

The basis for the grade for an experiment will be:
The student's performance in the laboratory including preparation, attentiveness, initiative, level of participation in group work, skill in doing the measurements, etc.

 

 

The Physics laboratory is used for the practical courses covering the areas of Mechanics, waves and Vibrations, Optics and Electronics.