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Physics C Labs

Important Notes

Paradigm lab is a guided inquiry lab that introduces a topic and/or relationship. The paradigm is a useful example that students can think of when recalling how the objects in this topic of physics behave. A practicum is a real-world challenge, where students collaborate to solve a physics problem by investigating an apparatus.

As you read through the list below, click the links to learn more! 

There are lots of other versions of these labs out there if you Google the right terms. 

This is a website FOR TEACHERS! Some of these links lead to very "Cookbook"-style labs. I am NOT ADVOCATING these labs for students. I am pointing you to resources that can help you plan your own labs. Sometimes teachers need the cookbook instructions to get started. I am also not saying you should do all of these. These are just some labs you could consider. 

Mechanics

Kinematics

Constant Velocity cart or Bowling Ball Across the floor. (Paradigm)

Cart/ball on a ramp (Paradigm)

Meeting Point (Practicum)
(too easy for C students unless done very early in the course, a bit harder if you use a ramp and have it run into a CV cart from behind or in front)

Sliding Chain (Paradigm)


Practicum: Hit the target with projectile shooter. 

Forces

Half-Atwood's Lab (Half-Atwood's Video) OR Atwood's Machine (Paradigm)

Sliding Friction

Virtual lab (but you can do it for real like this, or with spring scales)

Uniform Circular Motion


Practicum: Flying Pig Lab

Impulse and Momentum

Paradigm:



Practicum: Unknown mass     another version (on the last page)



Practicum: Sliding Block OR Kiss the Egg

Rotation

Video Analysis spinning wheel with constant velocity and accelerated by a torque (video analysis labs)

Rotational Inertia and Dynamics (Reif version) Rotational Dynamics (Vernier version)

Rotational Energy

Paradigm: Hoop and Disk Set AND discussion of the lab
(roll down ramp, find speed discrepancy with object sliding same distance)

Oscillation


Simple pendulum (Also a great first day lab! Not kidding)




Electricity and Magnetism

Electrostatics



Capacitance

Circuits



Magnetism

Induction


A fun activity, Johnson Motor (only thing you maybe can't get locally is magnet wire) OR buy a kit from Arbor

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