Welcome to Physics 123, the laboratory component of Physics 121. This page is where you will find all the materials you will require for the laboratory. The lab manuals for this course are in an online format and include video content and tools to help you make calculations and plot the data you will record in your experiments.
This page has clickable links (in blue on the computer screen) to materials you need for this laboratory course. (The links in red are, on purpose, not yet active.) The manuals for each lab (experiment) in this course are in online format and include video content and tools to help you make calculations and plot the data you collect and record. Although a manual will help guide you through each lab, it is very important that you read each one and complete the MapleTA Lab Preparation exercise (accessible through the Blackboard course page for your lab section) before you come to each lab session. The online preparation exercise for Labs 2-10 will only be accessible before the lab session and is worth 35% of the credit for that lab. Lab 1, the first Lab, is an exception. All of the work for Lab 1 is online, and this online work is worth 100% of the credit for Lab 1. There is no “in-lab” session for Lab 1, which is assigned during the first week of class. The online session for Lab 1 will remain open until 12 pm noon, Monday, 3 February 2014.
The following language also appears in the PHY121 Course Syllabus. Read it carefully and make sure you understand the policy:
You must attend ALL lab sessions; missing even one gets you an automatic “F” for the “Mother course”, PHY121, as well as for the Lab course PHY123! If you have a valid and documented excuse, contact your TA immediately by email. Make-up periods are scheduled for groups of labs; you may make-up a lab you missed for a valid reason only during these particular periods! To repeat: Any student missing even one in-lab session and not making it up at the make-up session that is specifically scheduled to include that particular missed lab will get a certain F for both PHY123 and its parent course PHY121! This happens to a few students every semester; make sure you are not one of them. Note well: you cannot make up a particular missed lab at just any of the three make-up in-lab sessions that are scheduled: you must go to the specific make-up in-lab session that is scheduled to include that particular missed lab.
A noteworthy feature of this course is that there is no written report due after each lab. You will be assessed in class by your TAs based on exercises you complete and discussions you have with them. The assessment is of the form Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory/Non-serious attempt. If the TA awards a grade of Satisfactory, you will get the remaining 65 points for the lab. If the TA awards a grade of Unsatisfactory, you will get 35 points but but only if the TA has evidence that you made a real attempt to do the lab. If the TA determines that yours was a non-serious attempt to do the lab, you will get 0 of the 65 points for that lab. Since all in-lab work is done in the lab room, you should count on being in lab for the full 2 hours. Therefore, it is crucial that you come to lab on time. After the semester is underway, we will enforce this by instructing the TAs to subtract 10 points from the in-lab score of any student who arrives late for his/her lab section. If you miss a lab because of a documentable illness (official note from a physician) or some kind of other documentable emergency, you will be able to make up that lab but only during the make-up week that specifically includes that lab. You must arrange this with your TA and Prof. Rijssenbeek and give both of them the required documentation.
For more detailed information about procedures please see the Instructions Page.
You can find information about your Section (when and where it meets) and your TA's contact details on your section's blackboard page.
Below you can find the links to the lab materials for each lab. Links in BLUE are live. Links in RED are not yet live. If you click on a red link you will see the message
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PHY 123 Lab 1 - Uncertainty, Error and Graphs
PHY 123 Lab 2 - Acceleration
PHY 123 Lab 3 - Projectile Motion
PHY 123 Lab 4 - Speed of a Bullet by High-Speed Video Analysis (complete: Part One + Part Two)
PHY 123 Lab 5 - Angular Momentum
PHY 123 Lab 6 - Linear Momentum
PHY 123 Lab 7 - Conservation of Energy
PHY 123 Lab 8 - Mechanical Equivalent of Heat
PHY 123 Lab 9 - Poiseuille's Law
PHY 123 Lab 10-Simple Harmonic Motion