Physics 262a Laboratory Fall 2002

University of Maryland

Physics 262a Fall 2002 Guide: 

Fall 2002 Handout


Teaching Assistants 

Fall 2002 Meeting Times 

Fall 2002 Lab Schedule 

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Teaching Assistants


Schedule of Labs for Fall 2002
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00 Sect 0101 Harris Sect 0109 Ricci
9:00 Sect 0101 Sect 0109
10:00 Sect 0101 Sect 0104
Sect 0109
11:00 Sect 0104 Sect 0114
12:00 Sect 0102
Sect 0104 Sect 0114
13:00 Sect 0102 Sect 0105
Sect 0111
Sect 0114 TA meeting
14:00 Sect 0102 Sect 0105 Sect 0111 Sect 0117
15:00 Sect 0103
Sect 0105 Sect 0111 Sect 0117
16:00 Sect 0103 Sect 0110
Sect 0112
Sect 0117
17:00 Sect 0103 Sect 0110 Sect 0112
18:00 Sect 0110 Sect 0112
19:00 Sect 0106
Sect 0107
Sect 0108
Sect 0118
20:00 Sect 0106 Sect 0107 Sect 0108 Sect 0118
21:00 Sect 0106 Sect 0107 Sect 0108 Sect 0118

Labs meet in room 3219 of the physics building
Fall 2002 Handout

Physics 262a
Dr. P. Roos x56103

Physics 262A is the laboratory part of Physics 262 and meets in room Z-3219. This course carries one credit and the grade is folded in with the Physics 262 course grade. You must pass Physics 262A in order to pass the entire course. If you do not pass this part of the course you will be required to repeat the entire course. The labs meet for three hours a week and you will be expected to complete eight regular labs and two culminating laboratory activities. You must complete all of the labs, including the culminating labs in order to pass the course. You are expected to attend each class and will be allowed to make up labs only under exceptional circumstances. Lab 0 (spreadsheet) is also required and must be turned in before you attempt Experiment 1.

During the three hour laboratory period, you will have a brief introduction about the lab, perform the experiment, do your analysis and write-up and turn in your report. The experiment should take less than two hours to perform (including the introduction), but in order for you to complete your work in the allotted time you must read the lab write-up before coming to class and answer the prelab questions.

The Physics 262A laboratory uses spreadsheets (Excel) to analyze data. You therefore will be expected to use the spreadsheet the same way as any other tool in the lab. You should have been exposed to the spreadsheet in your engineering courses, but Experiment 0 offers a simple tutorial on spreadsheets in general and specifically Excel.

Our aim in this lab is to enhance the understanding of the laboratory experiments you perform while at the same time minimizing the amount of time spent on analysis and write-ups. This means it is not necessary to do extensive write-ups. Overly long or padded lab reports will be penalized. Each week's lab includes a prelab assignment. The culminating labs are special labs where you will be given questions about a number of the labs you performed during the semester. The list of possible questions is included in the lab manual and you should review the ones for each lab after you have completed that experiment. This will make the culminating lab much easier! More questions may be handed out during the semester.

The course grade for Physics 262A will be determined as follows:

70% for the eight regular labs

30% for the culminating laboratories.

The scoring on the regular labs will be based approximately as follows:

Prelab 20% ( 0, 10%, 20%)

Data 40%

Analysis 25%

Questions 15%

The prelab will graded in units of 10%. In order to get 20% on the prelab you must make a sincere attempt to do the prelab completely. Incomplete or poorly done prelabs will be graded at either 0 or 10%. You will work with lab partners and will share data with them. However, you will be responsible for doing your own analysis and write-up. Each person in the group will also be required to demonstrate proficiency with the spreadsheet. You will be tested on this basic skill during the lab sessions. If by the end of the second lab, you cannot demonstrate to your teaching assistant the ability to do simple tasks on the spreadsheet your grade will be progressively reduced each week until you can. The point is: you must learn to use the spreadsheet. You must buy the current lab manual available at the bookstore.

The first labs will be held the week of Sept. 9-13 .

Latest Information Fall 2002 -

Missed Labs - If you have missed a lab for an excused reason (illness, religious holiday, etc) try if possible to attend another lab that same week. Most TA's will be accommodating. Check with the Professors if you have questions.

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Fall 2002

Lab Schedule for Fall 2002

Lab Schedule for Fall 2002

Sept. 3-6               No Lab.

Sept. 9-13              Experiment 0 --- Introduction to Data Analysis with Spreadsheets

Sept. 16-20            Experiment 1 --- Introduction to Error Analysis

Sept. 23-27            Experiment 2 --- The Pendulum

Sept. 30-Oct. 4       Experiment 3 --- Forced Harmonic Motion

Oct. 7-11               Experiment 4 --- The Vibrating String

Oct. 14-18             Make-up and Discussion week

Oct. 21-25             First Culminating Lab. (Experiments 0-4)

Oct. 28-Nov. 1       Experiment 5 --- Position Velocity and Acceleration

Nov. 4-8                Experiment 6 --- Centripetal Force and Acceleration

Nov. 11-15             Experiment 7 --The Ideal Gas Law and Absolute Zero Temperature

Nov. 18-22             Experiment 8 --- Equipotentials and Fields

Nov. 25-29             No-Labs- Thanksgiving Week

Dec. 2-6                 Make-up and Discussion Week

Dec. 9-13                Second Culminating Lab. (Experiments 5-8)