Physics 276

Experimental Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

Fall 2005

*General information

*Grading policies

*Lab schedule

*Other links

Course description: Physics 276 is the third course in the introductory laboratory sequence Physics 174-275-276.  This course is intended primarily for physics majors, but is open to all science and engineering students interested in a rigorous introduction to experimental physics.  The experiments emphasize electromagnetic fields and circuits.  A major component of this course is developing skills in record keeping, data analysis, and scientific writing.

General information

Grading policies

Laboratory schedule

The following table outlines the experiment and discussion schedule. You are strongly advised to read the relevant chapter of the laboratory manual and to work through all derivations before coming to the lab so that you understand the physical principles for each experiment and the assumptions used to relate abstract principles to practical measurements.  You should also work through the error propagation for derived quantities so that you can anticipate which uncertainties are likely to determine the accuracy with which the experimental goals can be achieved.  You should then be well prepared for making careful measurements and complete record keeping.  If you prepare well, you should be able to perform most of the data analysis during the lab period.  Inadequate preparation usually results in inefficient use of laboratory time!

For the purposes of this course, weeks with experiments begin on a Friday and end the following Thursday!

Week  Dates experiment number/topic report  due notes
1 Sep. 2 - 6 includes Labor day; no labs    
2 Sep. 9 - 13 introduction    
3 Sep. 16 - 20 I: Ohm's Law Sep. 27  
4 Sep. 23 - 27 II: Magnetic Fields Oct. 4  
5 Sep. 30 - Oct. 4 III: Electron Beam in E and B Fields Oct. 11  
6 Oct. 7 - 11 discussion; oscilloscope review    
7 Oct. 14 - 18 IV: RC and LR Circuits with Stepped Input Oct. 25  
8 Oct. 21 - 25 V: RC circuits with AC Input Nov. 1  
9 Oct. 28 - Nov.  1 discussion    
10 Nov. 4 - 8 VIa: LRC Circuits and Resonance Nov. 15  
11 Nov. 11 - 15 VIb: LRC Circuits and Resonance Nov. 22  
12 Nov. 18 - 22 VII: Diode and Rectifier Circuits Nov. 29  
13 Nov. 26 - Dec.  2 Thanksgiving week; no labs    
14 Nov. 28 - 29 makeup    
15 Dec. 2 - 6 review    
16 Dec. 9 - 13 final exam    

Note acts of God or Man may require adjustment of the lab schedule -- be alert to announcements.

Other links

*University of Maryland Physics Department

*University of Maryland College Park 

*Essential Mathematica

*Physics is Phun

Last revised: August 29, 2005