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Rowan Introductory Physics Lab Manual

The following labs are in Adobe Acrobat proprietary PDF format. To download from your favorite browser, right-click (Windows/Unix) or control-click (MacOS) on the experiment of your choice below, and choose "Save link as..." from the menu.

Experimental Error: Precision and Accuracy in Measurements

Motion and Forces
Introduction to Motion: Distance vs. Time and Velocity vs. Time Graphs
Changing Velocity: An Introduction to Linear Acceleration
Gravitational Acceleration: A Case of Constant Acceleration
Projectile Motion
The Force Table: Addition and Resolution of Vectors
Relating Force to Linear Motion: Newton's Second Law
Atwoods Machine: Newton's Second Law
Friction: Investigation of a Model for Friction
Centripetal Force: The Center-Seeking Force

Conservation Laws
The Ballistic Pendulum
Collisions on an Air Track
Conservation of Energy in a Pendulum

Rotational and Harmonic Motion
Balancing Torques and the Center of Gravity
Rotational Inertia
Hooke's Law and Simple Harmonic Motion


Fluids and Thermodynamics
Buoyancy and the Density of Fluids
Specific Heats and Latent Heats
Coefficient of Linear Expansion
The Ideal Gas Law
The Incredible Mass-Lifting Heat Engine

Waves
Standing Waves on a String
Speed of Sound and Resonance

Optics
Reflection and Refraction
Lenses and Mirrors
Optics of the Human Eye
Wave Optics: Interference and Diffraction


Electricity
An Introduction to Electrostatic Charge and Its Related Forces
Electric Field Mapping
Batteries and Bulbs: Voltage, Current and Resistance
Ohm's Law and Resistivity
Resistances in Parallel and in Series
Multiloop Circuits: Kirchhoff's Rules
Charging and Discharging a Capacitor

Magnetism
Activity: Magnets and Magnetic Fields
Measuring the Magnetic Field of Earth
Current Balance: Forces Between Current Carrying Wires
Investigation of Magnetic Fields Due to Current Loops
Worksheet: Electromagnetic Induction
Electromagnetic Induction
AC Circuits: Driven Oscillations and Resonance


Appendices