Physics 1253 Laboratory Manual Table of Contents


Laboratory I: Electric Fields and Forces

Exploratory Problem #1: The Electric Field from Two Point Charges
Problem #2: The Electric Field of Parallel Charged Plates
Problem #3: The Electric Field of an Uncharged Ring
Problem #4: Gravitational Attraction and the Electron
Problem #5: Deflection of an Electron Beam by an Electric Field
Problem #6: Deflection of an Electron Beam and Velocity
Check Your Understanding
What is Expected in a Lab Report
Laboratory I Cover Sheet

Laboratory II: Circuits

Exploratory Problem #1: Simple circuits
Exploratory Problem #2: More Complex Circuits
Problem #3: Resistors and Light Bulbs
Problem #4: Circuit Analysis (Part A)
Problem #5: Circuit Analysis (Part B)
Problem #6: When To Use Quantitative Rules
Exploratory Problem #7: Short Circuits
Check Your Understanding
Laboratory Report Cover Sheet

Laboratory III: Magnetic Fields and Forces

Problem #1: Permanent Magnets
Problem #2: Current Carrying Wires
Exploratory Problem #3: Measuring Magnetic Fields: Permanent Magnets
Problem #4: Measuring the Magnetic Field of One Coil
Problem #5: Measuring the Magnetic Field of Two Parallel Coils
Exploratory Problem #6: Magnets and Moving Charge
Problem #7: Magnetic Force on a Moving Charge
Check Your Understanding
Laboratory III Cover Sheet

Laboratory IV: Faraday's Law

Exploratory Problem #1: Magnetic Induction
Problem #2: The Generator
Problem #3: Time-Varying Magnetic Fields
A Brief Introduction to RMS Measurements
Check Your Understanding
Laboratory IV Cover Sheet


Appendix A: Equipment
Appendix B: Significant Figures
Appendix C: Accuracy, Precision, and Error
Appendix D: Graphing
Appendix G: Instructions for Using the Computer Lab-prep Tests


The authors would like to thank all the people who have contributed to the development of the problems and appendices used in this laboratory manual:

Peter West
John Trammell
Prof. Pat Kenealy**

Igor Zutic
Prof. Dan Lottis*
Kristine Sigsbee

Joel Kindem
Michael Weber
Charles Henderson

David Dikeman
Prof. Ben Bayman
John Capriotti

Bruce Palmquist
Denise Leezer
Dave Demuth

Jaena Streets
Jennifer Blue

And all of the graduate students who helped to find the 'bugs' in these instructions.


Patricia Heller
Kenneth Heller
Tom Foster
Julia Stephen

* Miami University, Miami Ohio.

** Long Beach State University, Long Beach California

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