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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: PHYS 111L
Course Title: Physics I Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description:

Laboratory experiences to complement PHYS 111.  Students majoring in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites: MATH 150 or MATH 170 or MATH 180; PHYS 111 (may be taken concurrently). G.E. when taken with PHYS 111.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): MATH 150 or MATH 170 or MATH 180; PHYS 111 (may be taken concurrently).
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Physics Laboratory Experiments
By Wilson, J. and Hernandez-Hall (Cengage)
Physics Lab Manual
By Loyd, D. (Cengage)
Course Objectives
  • To employ basic laboratory techniques of measurement and experimentation.
  • To illustrate and verify the principles used in PHYS 111.
    Measurable Learning
  • Apply the scientific method.
  • Measure physical quantities.
  • Convert between different units of measurement.
  • Quantify the precision of measured and calculated quantities using significant figures.
  • Differentiate between accuracy and precision of experimental results and quantify each.
  • Relate physical quantities using graphs.
  • Apply all of these skills to the particular experiments chosen for the course.
    Topical Outline: Experiments may include (but are not limited to):
  • Measurement instruments
  • Uniformly accelerated motion
  • Addition and resolution of vectors: the force table
  • Newton’s second law: the atwood machine
  • Friction
  • Centripetal force
  • Hooke’s law and simple harmonic motion
  • Conservation of linear momentum
  • Torques, equilibrium, and center of gravity
  • Rotational motion and moment of inertia
  • The simple pendulum
  • Standing waves in a string


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 18

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Frank Somer Date: August 27, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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