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Laboratory Manual for Liberal Arts Physics

Laboratory Manual for Liberal Arts Physics - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0131011076

Cover of Laboratory Manual for Liberal Arts Physics 2ND 03 (ISBN 978-0131011076)
ISBN13: 978-0131011076
ISBN10: 0131011073
Edition: 2ND 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2003
International: No

Laboratory Manual for Liberal Arts Physics - 2ND 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0131011076

Art Hobson, Marie C. Baehr and Earl C. Swallow

ISBN13: 978-0131011076
ISBN10: 0131011073
Edition: 2ND 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2003
International: No

For one-semester liberal arts Physics courses.

Designed to accompany most liberal arts physics texts, this manual includes a total of 31 labs--some traditional, some conceptual, and some computer-based. It provides the labs needed for a one-semester liberal arts physics course under a wide variety of instructional conditions.


  • NEW--Revised instructions and questions.
  • Improves students' understanding and increases clarity.
  • NEW--Revised labs with graphing calculator or computer spreadsheet options.
  • Allows students to take advantage of technology in the laboratory.
  • NEW--Improved annotated instructor's edition.
  • Gives the instructor expanded explanations of each lab's special features and requirements.
  • Conceptual emphasis.
  • Emphasizes for students ideas, concepts and relationships, not algebra.
  • Experiential emphasis.
  • Encourages students to build understanding through direct experience.
  • Predictions.
  • Asks students to predict the outcomes of experiments beforehand.
  • Estimation labs.
  • Exposes students to labs that deal with verifiable "physical" estimation.
  • Errors.
  • Shows students labs that bring out the nature and role of experimental uncertainties.
  • Econo-labs.
  • Requires students to work only with readily available, inexpensive items.
  • Group Work labs.
  • Encourages students to work in groups.
  • Models.
  • Shows students simple models as a source of scientific understanding.
  • Active learning.
  • Asks students to respond to questions throughout the lab.

Author Bio

Hobson, Art : University of Arkansas

Baehr, Marie C. : Elmhurst College

Swallow, Earl C. : Elmhurst College

Table of Contents

1. Two Dimensional Graphing.
2. Units, Estimates, Errors.
3. How Far to a Star?
4. Physical Estimation.
5. Measurement Uncertainty.
6. Measurement and Statistics.
7. Experimental Determination of pi by Direct and Indirect Methods.
8. Kepler's First and Second Laws.
9. The Simple Pendulum.
10. Investigation of Distance, Speed, and Acceleration Using a Sonic Ranger.
11. A Bowling Ball Meets Newton's Second Law.
12. Newton's Third Law: The Law of Force Pairs.
13. Static Friction.
14. Kinetic Friction.
15. Observations of Air Pressure.
16. Storing Energy.
17. Work, Energy Transfer and Power.
18. Temperature and Heating.
19. Specific Heat Capacities of Various Materials.
20. Heat Engines and Refrigerators.
21. Energy Awareness.
22. How Much Energy is Saved by Turning Down the Thermostat?
23. Thermal Insulators.
24. Waves and Wave Characteristics.
25. Reflection of Light.
26. Series Electrical Circuits.
27. Parallel Electrical Circuits.
28. The Greenhouse Effect.
29. Atoms and Light: Emission Spectra.
30. The Hubble Constant.
31. Radioactivity and Pennies.
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