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 veronique.lankar@manhattan.edu.