Higher Education

Physics Lab Manual, 3rd Edition

  • David Loyd Angelo State University
  • ISBN-10: 0495114529  |  ISBN-13: 9780495114529
  • 512 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1998, 1991
  • © 2008 | Published
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About

Overview

Ideal for use with any introductory physics text, Loyd's PHYSICS LABORATORY MANUAL is suitable for either calculus- or algebra/trigonometry-based physics courses. Designed to help students develop their intuitive abilities in physics, the third edition has been updated to take advantage of modern equipment realities and to incorporate the latest in physics education research. In each lab, author David Loyd emphasizes conceptual understanding and includes a thorough discussion of physical theory to help students see the connection between the lab and the lecture. Each lab includes a set of pre-lab exercises, and many labs give students hands-on experience with statistical analysis. Equipment requirements are kept at a minimum to allow for maximum flexibility and to make the most of pre-existing lab equipment. For instructors interested in using some of Loyd's experiments, a customized lab manual is another option available through the Cengage Learning Custom Solutions program. Now, you can select specific experiments from Loyd's PHYSICS LABORATORY MANUAL, include your own original lab experiments, and create one affordable bound book. Contact your Cengage Learning representative for more information on our Custom Solutions program.

Features and Benefits

  • Each experiment includes a full discussion of relevant theory to help bolster conceptual understanding.
  • The manual contains complete pre-lab assignments.
  • Experiments on Kirchhoff's Law and Oscilloscope Measurements are included.
  • Each experiment contains templates for data collection, a complete listing of materials for each lab, and clear step-by-step instructions.
  • Distinction between calculated and measured data is reinforced throughout the manual.
  • Statistical analysis is required in many of the labs.
  • An extensive Instructor's Manual includes sample data for verification of procedures and equipment.

Table of Contents

1. Measurement of Length.
2. Measurement of Density.
3. Force Table and Vector Addition of Forces.
4. Uniformly Accelerated Motion on the Air Track.
5. Uniformly Accelerated Motion on the Air Table.
6. Kinematics in Two Dimensions on the Air Table.
7. Coefficient of Friction.
8. Newton''s Second Law on the Air Table.
9. Newton''s Second Law on the Atwood Machine.
10. Torques and Rotational Equilibrium of a Rigid Body.
11. Conservation of Energy on the Air Table.
12. Conservation of Spring and Gravitational Potential Energy.
13. The Ballistic Pendulum and Projectile Motion.
14. Conservation of Momentum on the Air Track.
15. Conservation of Momentum on the Air Table.
16. Centripetal Acceleration of an Object in Circular Motion.
17. Moment of Inertia and Rotational Motion.
18. Archimedes'' Principle.
19. The Pendulum-Approximate Simple Harmonic Motion.
20. Simple Harmonic Motion-Mass on a Spring.
21. Standing Waves on a String.
22. Speed of Sound-Resonance Tube.
23. Specific Heat of Metals.
24. Linear Thermal Expansion.
25. The Ideal Gas Law.
26. Equipotentials and Electric Fields.
27. Capacitance Measurement with a Ballistic Galvanometer.
28. Measurement of Electrical Resistance and Ohm''s Law.
29. Wheatstone Bridge.
30. Bridge Measurement of Capacitance.
31. Voltmeters and Ammeters.
32. Potentiometer and Voltmeter Measurements of the emf of a Dry Cell.
33. The RC Time Constant.
34. Kirchhoff''s Laws.
35. Magnetic Induction of a Current Carrying Long Straight Wire.
36. Alternating Current LR Circuits.
37. Alternating Current RC and LCR Circuits.
38. Oscilloscope Measurements.
39. Joule Heating of a Resistor.
40. Reflection and Refraction using a Ray Box.
41. Focal Length of Lenses.
42. Diffraction Grating Measurement of the Wavelength of Light.
43. Hydrogen Spectrum and the Rydberg Constant.
44. Simulated Radioactive Decay using Dice "Nuclei".
45. Geiger Counter Measurement of the Half-Life of Ba-137.
46. Nuclear Counting Statistics.
47. Absorption of Beta and Gamma Rays.

What's New

  • For instructors interested in using some of Loyd's experiments, a customized lab manual is another option available through the Technology Learning Connected program. You can select specific experiments from Loyd's PHYSICS LABORATORY MANUAL, include your own original lab experiments, and create one affordable bound book. Contact your Cengage Learning representative for more information on our Custom Solutions program.
  • The theory portions of each lab have been rewritten to help students quickly identify the key concepts being covered in each experiment.
  • Each experiment has been carefully reviewed and revised to reflect advances in physics education research.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

David Loyd

David Loyd joined the Angelo State University Physics Department in 1969 and also served as Dean of the College of Sciences from 1996 to 2006. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.