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Beginning Physics Lab
BEG PHYS LAB
CLASS CODE: PH 150 CREDITS:  1
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Physical Science requirement.

DESCRIPTION: This General Education course introduces students to the basics of experimental physics. It is designed to help students learn to think analytically and to gain experience in doing common experiments in physics. It also teaches students how to analyze data and how to numerically model common physics problems.

TAUGHT: Fall, Winter, Summer
CONTENT AND TOPICS: This course is intended to give experience in conducting, analyzing and reporting experiments dealing with mechanics.
Measurement and uncertainty, error propagation, curve fitting, calibration of instruments, measurement of one-and two-dimensional motion and forces.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Develop the following experimental tools: Numerically model simple physical systems using Eulerís method, Curve fitting, and Error analysis.
2.Experience with spreadsheets and simple computer programming.
3.Be exposed to the ideas of minimizing contributing variables and the limitations of equipment.
4.Describe the methodology of science and the relationship between observation and theory. 5.Participate in the methodology by performing laboratory exercises.
6.Find applications of concepts from physics in other disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, engineering, and chemistry.
7.Analyze real and imaginary physical problems, developing correct solutions to those problems through natural laws.
8.Express their knowledge and ideas through written language.
9.Communicate and work effectively with students from a wide range of intellectual backgrounds.
10.Read and understand books and other literature that relates to general Newtonian mechanics.
11.Glean greater understanding of physics from discussions with their peers.
12.Perform similar experiments to ones that help humanity to understand the principles of physics.
13.Recognize the broad nature of the field of physics.
14.Be able to see the application in mathematics, computer science, engineering, chemistry and many other fields that they may experience.
15.See the importance of other fields in the study of physics.

See that it has application in mathematics, computer science, engineering, chemistry and many other fields that they may experience. See the importance of other fields in the study of physics.


REQUIREMENTS: Lecture, projects, papers,laboratory experiments,laboratory reports,participation in laboratory activities,class discussions.
PREREQUISITES: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Physics 121.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001