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Physics Laboratory Experiments 8th Edition

Jerry D. Wilson, Cecilia A. Hernández-Hall

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2010, 2005, 1998
  • 560 Pages


This market-leading manual for the first-year physics laboratory course offers a wide range of class-tested experiments designed specifically for use in small to mid-size lab programs. A series of integrated experiments emphasizes the use of computerized instrumentation and includes a set of "computer-assisted experiments" that allow students and instructors to gain experience with modern equipment. It also lets instructors determine the appropriate balance of traditional versus computer-based experiments for their courses. By analyzing data through two different methods, students gain a greater understanding of the concepts behind the experiments. The Eighth Edition is updated with four new economical labs to accommodate shrinking department budgets and thirty new Pre-Lab Demonstrations, designed to capture students' interest prior to the lab and requiring only widely available materials and items.

Jerry D. Wilson, Lander University

Jerry Wilson received his physics degrees from Ohio University (B.S., Ph.D.) and Union College in Schenectady, New York (M.S.). In addition to co-writing PHYSICS LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS, he is one of the original authors of the first edition of AN INTRODUCTION OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE (published in 1971) and has several other physics textbooks to his credit. Wilson is currently Emeritus Professor of Physics at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Cecilia A. Hernández-Hall, American River College

Cecilia Hernández-Hall received her M.S. in physics from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, in 1993. After teaching for two years at the Mayagüez and Cayey campuses, she joined the Physics Education Research Group at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where research in physics education was conducted with an emphasis on computerized instruction. Professor Hernández has used computerized instruction with hundreds of her students, and she contributes to the computerized-instruction material throughout PHYSICS LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS. In 1998, Professor Hernández joined the faculty of American River College. She also works for PASCO Scientific in Roseville, California, where she helps develop computer-assisted lab activities for college physics and write manuals for new equipment.
  • Four new lab experiments, designed to be economical, accommodate shrinking department budgets: The Scientific Method and Thought; Simple Pendulum Parameters [Angle, Mass, Length, and Damping]; Potential Energy of a Spring; Rotational Kinetic Energy and Moment of Inertia.
  • Thirty new Pre-Laboratory Demonstrations capture student interest by demonstrating relevant physical principles using everyday materials. Examples include: Skewed Balloon (and it doesn't burst); Mixed Liquids Become More Dense; Problem in Math Analysis (can 2 equal 1?); Bucket Swing (what keeps the water in the pail?); The Slinky Slinky® (why doesn't it fall?).
  • The standard manual includes ten experiments integrating computerized and traditional instruction, with components that can be used independently of one another or in combination for maximum flexibility. An additional four integrated experiments are available for custom orders.
  • Customize the manual to include any combination of experiments that best suits your course, including the commonly used experiments featured in the standard text and additional experiments available through COMPOSE.
  • Each experiment includes six components designed to aid students in their analysis and interpretation and to support a consistent and proven instructional approach: Advance Study Assignment, Introduction and Objectives, Equipment Needed, Theory, Experimental Procedures, and Laboratory Report and Questions.
1. The Scientific Method and Thought.
2. Experimental Uncertainty (Error) and Data Analysis.
3. Measurement Instruments (Mass, Volume, and Density).
4. (GL) Simple Pendulum Parameters [Angle, Mass, Length, and Damping].
5. (GL) Uniformly Accelerated Motion: Measurement of g.
6. The Addition and Resolution of Vectors: The Force Table.
7. (GL) Newton's Second Law: The Atwood Machine.
8. Conservation of Linear Momentum.
9. (GL) Projectile Motion: The Ballistic Pendulum.
10. Centripetal Force.
11. Friction.
12. (GL) Work and Energy.
13. Potential Energy of a Spring.
14. Torques, Equilibrium, and Center of Gravity.
15. (GL) Simple Machines: Mechanical Advantage.
16. Simple Harmonic Motion.
17. Standing Waves in a String.
18. Temperature and Thermometer Calibration.
19. The Thermal Coefficient of Linear Expansion.
20. Specific Heats of Metals.
21. Archimedes' Principle: Buoyancy and Density.
22. Fields and Equipotentials.
23. Ohm's Law.
24. The Measurement of Resistance: Ammeter-Voltmeter Method and Wheatstone Bridge Method.
25. The Temperature Dependence of Resistance.
26. Resistances in Series and Parallel.
27. Joule Heat.
28. The RC Time Constant (Manual Timing).
29. The RC Time Constant (Electric Timing).
30. Reflection and Refraction.
31. Spherical Mirrors and Lenses.
32. Polarized Light.
33. The Prism Spectrometer: Dispersion and Index of Refraction.
34. Line Spectra and Rydberg Constant.
35. The Transmission Grating: Measuring the Wavelength of Light.
36. Detection of Nuclear Radiation: The Geiger Counter.
37. Radioactive Half-Life.
38. The Absorption of Nuclear Radiation.

39. (TI/CI) Rotational Motion and Moment of Inertia.
40. Conservation of Angular Momentum and Energy: The Ballistic Pendulum.
41. Elasticity: Young's Modulus.
42. Air Column Resonance: The Speed of Sound in Air.
43. (TI) Latent Heats: Heats of Fusion and Vaporization of Water; CI) Latent Heat of Fusion for Water.
44. Newton's Law of Cooling: The Time Constant of a Thermometer.
45. The Potentiometer: emf and Terminal Voltage.
46. The Voltmeter and Ammeter.
47. Resistivity.
48. Multiloop Circuits: Kirchhoff's Rules.
49. The Earth's Magnetic Field.
50. Introduction to the Oscilloscope.
51. (TI/CI) Phase Measurements and Resonance in ac Circuits.
52. (TI/CI) Electromagnetic Induction.
53. The Mass of an Electron: e/m Measurement.

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  • ISBN-10: 1305360346
  • ISBN-13: 9781305360341
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Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781285738581
Available as a PDF, the Online Instructor's Resource Manual includes comments and hints, answers to post-experiment questions, and post-laboratory quiz questions (completion, multiple-choice, and essay) for each experiment. The manual also includes laboratory safety references, lists of scientific equipment suppliers and physics software suppliers, and graph paper copy masters.