Get hands-on experience with this Lab Manual! Designed to accompany Trefil's Physics Matters, this Lab Manual contains 20 different labs covering major topics with common equipment. Written by authors who have vast experience in communicating science to general audiences, Physics Matters conveys the principles of physics in a manner that is understandable to the non-scientist. In a prose style that is clear, engaging, and contemporary, it pays particular attention to the relevance of physics in comprehending our modern technological society and the issues created by those technologies.
James S. Trefil (born September 10, 1938) is an American physicist (Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford University in 1966) and author of more than thirty books. Much of his published work focuses on science for the general audience. Dr. Trefil has previously served as Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia and he now teaches as Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University. Among Trefil's books is Are We Unique?, an argument for human uniqueness in which he questions the comparisons between human intelligence and artificial intelligence. Trefil also regularly gives presentations to judges and public officials about the intersections between science and the law.
Experiment One. Perception; Making Estimates and Measurement; Units. Experiment Two. Motion at Constant Velocity. Experiment Three. Motion at Constant Acceleration. Experiment Four. Forces- 1 Dimension. Experiment Five. Forces in 2-Dimensions. Experiment Six. Momentum Conservation. Experiment Seven. Torques. Experiment Eight. Work and Energy Conservation. Experiment Nine. Archimedes' Principle. Experiment Ten. Radiant Heating and Cooling. Experiment Eleven. Simple Harmonic Motion. Experiment Twelve. Waves. Experiment Thirteen. Ohm's Law and Electric Circuit Part 1. Experiment Fourteen. Electric Circuits Part 2, RC Decay. Experiment Fifteen. Magnetic Fields. Experiment Sixteen. Induction and Transformers. Experiment Seventeen. Reflection, Refraction, and Polarization of Light. Experiment Eighteen. Mirrors and Lenses. Experiment Nineteen. Atomic Spectra. Experiment Twenty. Nuclear Decay Simulation. Index.