Laboratory (tentative schedule)


Each week students should print out the pdf file for each lab before attending the lab.

                              Calculator  (this may be useful) Stop Watch

Week #


1  Apr 11

  Motion  Lab  pdf File   Lab Link for part 3  (7 computers)

2  Apr 18

   Projectile Motion pdf file

Apr 25

 Newton's 2nd Law pdf file   PPT  

4   May 2

  Work Energy Energy lab pdf file   PhotogateInstructions   PPTintro

5  May 9

  Simple Pendulum  pdf File   Virtual Pendulum (Simple Pendulum)

6  May 16

  Vibrating Strings   pdf File  

7  May 23

   Electric circuits  HandsOn  ppt  Virtual Lab  (7 computers)

8  May 30

  Magnetism lab  MagnetismLabpdf   ppt   Plotting fields   See Lesson 21

9   June 6

  Wave Optics  (7 computers)


10 June 13

   Project Presentation  (50 pts. )







Lab Assessment:   Your performance in Lab will be assessed by some lab related questions on the final (to assess student understanding of laboratory concepts), the overall quality of laboratory reports, attendance, and participation. Details of the assessment for the laboratory portion of the course are included below.

Other related Laboratory Information


Purpose:   The laboratory activities have been selected to closely follow the topics discussed in lecture and hence will help reinforce the lecture material.  In addition, the laboratory part of the course will provide the student an opportunity to work on scientific activities with others in small groups (Life-long Learning and Effective Citizenship), learn aspects of measurement techniques and record keeping (Information Literacy), analyze observations to infer conclusions (Critical Thinking), and communicate these ideas effectively (Communication).


Procedure:   There are nine laboratory activities this term.  Lab reports are not handed in but will be evaluated by the instructor as the student leaves the laboratory room.  Questions related to these labs will also be on the final.  Students are allowed to use their laboratory reports for the final so students are encouraged to provide as much detailed information in their reports as possible. Other lab activities require a report and will be evaluated based on the completion and accuracy of their reports.



Laboratory Safety:  Safety in the laboratory is of utmost importance.  The instructor has taken every precaution to ensure that students have a safe working environment while performing laboratory activities.  Students should always use their best judgment while in the laboratory to make sure that they are working safely.  Please help keep the laboratory safe by notifying the instructor immediately of all potentially dangerous situations.



Physical Science 101 Laboratory


General Learning Goals & Abilities which apply to the laboratory activities: 

            1)  Learn and understand the scientific content described as learning objectives for each laboratory activity.

            2)  Use knowledge and skills developed in lecture and lab to explain laboratory results using the language of science.  Write clearly with appropriate style and mechanics.  Use diagrams and figures to help communicate ideas.  (Critical Thinking and Communication abilities)

            3)  Learn how to keep an accurate, neat, organized, and complete documentation of your scientific activity in much the same way that scientists do.  (Lifelong Learning and Information /Technology Abilities)

            4)  Manage time, meet deadlines, allow challenges to build discipline and confidence.  (Lifelong Learning Ability)

            5)  Work cooperatively with others in a group setting.  (Lifelong Learning Ability, Effective Citizenship)

            6)  Learn how to make precise and accurate measurements.  Learn how to determine the precision of measurements and calculations.  Learn that significant figures reflect the precision of measurement technique and of the final results. (Information /Technology Ability)

            7)   Work safely in the laboratory environment (Lifelong Learning Ability)




Lab Policies



2.         You will have two hours in the laboratory to do your experiments; please read through the activity before coming to lab so that you understand what the laboratory activity will involve.


3.         Bring a pencil and a calculator to lab with you.


4.         Try not to hurry through the lab exercises, rather, try to understand them as you go along. The instructor is there to help you if you experience difficulty, not to tell you answers. Finish all data collection and calculations in the lab room. You may answer questions at home and consult with the instructor during class or during the instructor's office hours.


5.         Please act responsibly and safely at all times while in lab.  Please notify the instructor of any safety concerns that you may have while in lab.


6.         Lab write-ups are not collected.  Students will be given a grade of 0 through 7 on their lab reports and participation based on the instructor's impression of the overall quality of their work during each laboratory activity. 

            *  Each student must have the instructor evaluate their laboratory reports before leaving the lab    If a student does wish to finish some of the questions at home before having the instructor evaluate the lab report they may have the report evaluated later (during the week of the lab activity) at one of the instructor's office hours.


7.         Students should be on time.   If circumstances prohibit a student from arriving on time the student should plan on doing a make-up assignment (see below).


8.         Any student missing more than 2 labs will receive an incomplete for the course (provided a C or better has been earned for all work in the course).  Each lab activity missed by the student will reduce their overall course grade by 2 %.  Laboratory exercises are assigned weekly.  If a student does miss one laboratory assignment they may make up missed points by doing extra credit (see our syllabus)









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Newton's Second Law pdf file (7 computers PPT

Electric circuits  HandsOn  ppt  Virtual Lab  (7 computers)

Virtual Lab 2ndLaw  Virtual lab.pdf

Momentum     pdf File      Virtual Lab   Hints  1Dcollision  drop Brick


Projectile Motion pdf file