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Physics - Labs and Excercises

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  • Vector Lab Rotation
    Object: To provide an opportunity to solve a number of physical vector problems.



  • Finding the Average Velocity of a Car
    Object: Devise a plan for which you will be able to determine the average velocity of a car passing in front of the school.



  • Introduction to Graphing
    Object: To gather data and produce a graph to analyse the slope of a line.



  • Graphical Analysis of Motion
    Object: Analyze the motion of a body in a straight line by measuring its velocity from moment to moment.



  • Analysis of Pendulum Motion
    Object: To determine the changes in velocity and acceleration in the swing of a pendulum.



  • Battery Circuit
    Object: Building simple circuits, connect batteries in series and parallel and investigate Ohm's Law.



  • Kepler's Laws
    Object: To plot a planetary orbit and apply Kepler's Second Law.



  • Free Fall
    Object: To determine displacements, velocities, and acceleration of an object falling under the action of gravitational force.



  • Electroplating Demonstration
    In general, when acids, bases and salts are dissolved in water, many of their molecules break up into positively and negatively charged ions which are free to move in the solution.



  • Electrical Equivalent of Heat
    Object: To observe the conservation of energy during the conversion of electrical to thermal energy.



  • Electrochemical Equivalence of Copper
    Object: To calculate the electrochemical equivalence of copper.



  • Light
    Object: To confirm the Law of Reflection.



  • Projectile Landing
    Object: To determine the physical quantities that must be measured and then used to compute the precise landing location of a projectile.



  • Projectile Hoop
    Object: To determine the placement of the ring stand in order to have the ball bearing pass through the centre of the ring.



  • Parallel Circuits Lab
    Object: To confirm the rules governing voltage drop, splitting of current, and the effective resistance in parallel circuits.



  • Magnetic Investigation
    Object: To investigate magnetic fields.



  • Refraction
    Object: To calculate the speed of light as it passes through a glass cube using the principles of refraction.



  • Series Circuits
    Object: To confirm the rules governing voltage drop across each resistor, current flowing through each resistor, and effective resistance in series circuits.



  • Strength of a Magnetic Field
    Object: To determine the relationship between magnetic field strength and distance.



  • Static Electricity
    Object: To learn about the properties of static electricity.



  • Squeaky Chalk
    Object: To examine the relationship between the vibrations in a material and the sound heard.



  • Speed of Waves
    Object: To devise a method to measure the speed of a wave in a spring or slinky.



  • Series and Parallel Circuits
    Object: To investigate the characteristics of series and parallel circuits.



  • Voltaic
    Object: To measure current and potential differences in various voltaic cells.



  • Determination of Time
    Object: To determine time using an interval timer and to study different masses falling under the influence of gravity.



  • Focal Length of Lenses and Mirrors
    Object: To determine the focal length of a concave mirror and convex lens.



  • Force Vectors
    Object: To work with systems of force vectors in equilibrium to determine the magnitude and direction of the equilibrant and the resultant.



  • Friction
    Object: To determine the coefficient of static and kinetic friction.



  • Harmonic Motion in a Spring
    Object: To determine the variables that come into play in the period of a spring.



  • Measurement
    Object: To learn how use measuring devices, to complete computations using the correct number of significant figures, and to use unit analysis to do conversions.



  • Ohm's Law
    Object: To investigate Ohm's Law.



  • Period of a Pendulum
    Object: To study the variables involved in the period of a pendulum.



  • Projectile Motion
    Object: Explore mathematically the time in the air, the maximum height achieved, and the horizontal range of an object launched at various angles.



  • Standing Waves
    Object: To determine the velocity of transverse wave energy transmitted in a string and the frequency of vibration of a string vibrator.



  • Torque
    Object: Investigate torque under equilibrium conditions.



  • Velocity of Sound in Air
    Object: To determine the velocity of sound in air.




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