PHYSICS 2341 Physics I Laboratory

Spring 2018

Department: Physics and Astronomy
Class Home page:  (this page!)

Instructor: Dr. Jason Pinkney
Office hours  in 111 Science Annex at  these times : Wed 2-5pm and Thurs 10-11am.
Email or call 419-772-2740.
Instructor's Home page:

2341-07  CRN: 32109, Time and place:  Mon 3:00-5:45 pm, Meyer 121 (TA=Shota Hodono)
2341-02  CRN: 30783, Time and place:  Tues 12:00-2:45 pm, Meyer 121 (TA=Bradley Lockhart )
2341-03  CRN: 30784, Time and place:  Tues 3:00-5:45 pm, Meyer 121 (TA=Alexander Lutheran)
2341-06  CRN: 30787, Time and place:  Thurs 3:00-5:45 pm, Meyer 121 (TA=Jarrod Jones)


EXTRA Material
Error Propagation rules.
Example of error propagation (applied to calorimetry).  In this PDF file, I have taken a student's lab measurements (top left side) and used them to calculate the specific heat of copper, CCu.


This is the lab associated with Physics 2311 (Physics I) and Physics 2111 (General Physics 1). You should either have taken PHYS 2311 (or 2111) already, or be taking it concurrently. You will have an informational meeting on the first week where you will be assigned your first lab.

Manual: You need to buy the orange manual "Experiments in Mechanics, Waves, and Thermodynamics", the Physics I lab manual, for $13. You also need to get a quad-ruled notebook ($2). Get both of these at the Physics Office SA 107A for $15. Its best to come by before noon on MTW or after 1:00 on RF as those are the times our administrative assistant, Erin Swick, is part-time. Please bring cash, preferably exact change.

Your final letter grade is determined based on your regular Lab report scores.  The scores are determined by your TA with guidance (a rubric) from your instructor.  The instructor will take the scores from the TA and convert them into a grade. Typically, 90% and up is an A. However, if the class mean is very high compared to other sections, the instructor will compare notebooks between sections to see if an adjustment is needed. Thus, the A cut-off could be raised to 91 or even 92% in order to keep different sections consistent.

Course Policies

Attendance  is essential for labs.  If you miss a lab completely you get a 0 for that particular lab.  If you miss and have a valid excuse (emergencies, sports or music activities, very sick) we can try to find another lab section for you to work in to make up the lab.  This must be okayed by the instructor of the other lab and you must make sure that you get your completed lab to your regular TA on time.
You may NOT regularly attend a lab other than the one you are signed up for. (Try to transfer early on if another section is preferred.)

Calculators. I encourage you to have a calculator in this lab.

Food and drink. Please do not bring food and drink into the lab. I want to avoid trash and clutter/spills on the lab tables. A bottled drink that is stored in your backpack is acceptable.

Week of  Side "A"
Side "B"
W1 (1/12)
Informational meeting
Informational Meeting
W2 (1) Measurements in Physics (1) Measurements in Physics
W3 (2) Graphs and Motion (2) Graphs and Motion
W4 (3) Acceleration of Gravity (3) Acceleration of Gravity
(4) Projectile Motion (5) Force Vectors
W6 (5) Force Vectors (4) Projectile Motion
W7 (6) Uniform Circ Motion (7) Conservation of Energy
W8 (7) Conservation of Energy (6) Uniform Circ Motion
W9 (8) Cons of 1D Momentum (9) 2D Cons of Momentum
W10 (9) 2D Cons of Momentum (8) Cons of 1D Momentum
W11 (10) The Pendulum (11) Oscillatory Motion
W12 (11) Oscillatory Motion (10) The Pendulum
W13 (12) Thermal Expansion (13) Specific Heat
W14 (13) Specific Heat (12) Thermal Expansion
W15 (14) Entropy (14) Entropy
W16 (Finals. All labs done before this week.)


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