High School Physics Lab
Sept. 20-Dec. 6, Saturdays 2-5 p.m.
Do you want to boost your college application? Are you considering a career in engineering or science? This fall, consider signing up for the Physics I lab.
This class offers an exciting, hands-on introduction to the fascinating world of physics. Each session starts with a short lecture that explains the mathematical tools and the physics relevant to the labs.
10 three-hour lab sessions will be offered on the following Saturdays from 2-5 p.m.:
Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, Dec. 6
21 students maximum. A complete workbook will be provided for each student. TI83 or TI84 calculator is required.
The lab is partially supported by the National Science Foundation grant PHY-1402964. Instructors include: Dr. V. Lankar, Anvar Musayev and Brandon Cuevas (lab assistant).
Topics that will be covered include:
- The pendulum/gravity and Hooke's Law: Using a spreadsheet to graph a best fit line and compute the slope; linear equations; interpolation
- Radioactive decay and radiations: Exponential growth and exponential decay; the half-time
- Trigonometry measurements and Eratosthenes computation: Trigonometry and geometry
- Inverse square law of light and the electric field of the Van Graaf: Inverse square function
- Harmonic motion/inertial balance: Sine and cosine functions; modeling the harmonic motion with a spreadsheet
- Conservation of momentum and the force table: Introduction to vectors
- Levers and torques and simple machines: Computing efficiency; work is force x displacement
- Uniformly accelerated motion and Newton's second law: Using a spreadsheet to analyze motion; constant speed and constant acceleration
- Projectile motion and 2D motion/how to kill a monkey
- Conservation of energy and energy v. power
To apply, contact Dr. Veronique Lankar at firstname.lastname@example.org.