This book provides 13 labs spanning the common topics in the first semester of university-level physics. Each lab is designed to use only the student's smartphone, laptop and items easily found in big-box stores or a hobby shop. Each lab contains theory, set-up instructions and basic analysis techniques. All of these labs can be performed outside of the traditional university lab setting and initial costs averaging less than $8 per student, per lab.
About the Author
Jason M Kinser, DSc, has been an associate professor at George Mason University (GMU) for over eighteen years teaching courses in physics, computational science, bioinformatics and forensic science. Recently, he converted the traditional university physics course into an active learning technology environment at GMU. His research interests include modern teaching techniques, more effective methods in text based education, image operators and analysis, pulse image processing and multi-domain data analysis. This book was born from a desire to engage students in physics education and to find ways of reducing the external costs that both students and institutions incur within the traditional education framework.
Table of ContentsLAB PREPARATION • Apps for Mobile Devices • Working with Spreadsheets • Laboratory Measurement • 13 LABS • Acceleration of an Elevator • Independence of x and y • Tension • The Atwood Machine • Conservation of Energy • Loss of Energy • Inelastic Collisions • Angular Acceleration • Efficiency of Momentum Transfer • Angular Momentum • Torques in Equilibrium • Pendulum • Kepler’s Third Law