General Physics I Lab

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Course Number: PHY250L
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This lab-only course is designed as a standalone addition to StraighterLine’s General Physics I course. Students will complete at-home laboratory experiments, track and record results, answer lab-based questions reflected in graded lab reports, and complete lab-based assessments to meet the lab requirement. The labs are provided by eScience Labs, a leading provider of at home lab kits and online lab instructional materials and resources.

Information about the required lab kit is available in the "Course Text" tab below.

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Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • discuss uncertainty in measurement and significant digits solve problems involving linear, projectile, and circular motion
  • explain Newton’s laws and how they apply to free body diagrams
  • discuss the difference between static and kinetic friction
  • compare and contrast types of energy
  • describe how momentum is conserved in elastic collisions
  • apply Archimedes’ by measuring buoyant force and displaced water weight
  • differentiate between specific and latent heat
  • distinguish between work done by systems and work done on systems
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Objectives

1

Measurements and Uncertainty
  • Demonstrate the use of a Vernier scale and explain different reasons for error when reading scales
  • Determine the uncertainty for a ruler, caliper, spring force scale, and stopwatch
  • Determine the density of the material of the mass set
  • Explain the reasons for error in calculations

2

Kinematics
  • Distinguish between scalar and vector quantities
  • Apply kinematic equations to predict 1-D motion and projectile
  • Interpret 1-D motion graphs
  • Predict position, velocity, and acceleration vs. time graphs
  • Calculate average and instantaneous velocity or acceleration

3

Newton’s Laws
  • Formulate the law of inertia
  • Relate force and acceleration
  • Apply action and reaction pairs to forces
  • Draw and explain free body diagrams
  • Apply Newton’s Second Law to the Atwood Machine
  • Relate velocity, radius, and time period to uniform circular motion

4

Friction
  • Explore and explain the difference between static and kinetic friction
  • Determine the dependence of the force of friction on the normal force
  • Apply the force of friction to objects on an incline

5

Work and Conservation of Energy
  • Relate energy to work
  • Calculate the amount of work done by a force
  • Compare and contrast types of energy
  • Apply the Law of Conservation of Energy to potential and kinetic energy

6

Conservation of Momentum
  • Apply conservation of momentum to elastic collisions
  • Observe how the rate that momentum changes is related to force and time
  • Interpret graphs for elastic and inelastic collisions

7

Buoyant Force and Archimedes’ Principle
  • Predict the behavior of fluids as a result of properties including viscosity and density
  • Demonstrate why objects sink or float
  • Apply Archimedes’ Principle by measuring buoyant force and weight of water displaced
  • Apply Archimedes’ Principle to calculate the density of a material

8

Latent Heat and Specific Heat
  • Observe how temperature changes during phase changes of water
  • Relate a change in temperature to the amount of heat lost by an object
  • Calculate specific heat for given materials

9

Thermodynamics
  • Use the first law of thermodynamics to confirm the Law of Conservation of Energy
  • Distinguish between work done by systems and work done on systems
  • Identify the different processes of heat transfer including conduction, convection, and radiation
StraighterLine suggests, but does not require, that students complete an equivalent to General Calculus I (MAT250) prior to enrolling in this course. Concurrent enrollment in StraighterLine’s General Physics I course (PHY250) is strongly encouraged.

This course utilizes custom lab kit from eScience Labs which costs $129 plus shipping. Click the kit code [Kit2265] to purchase from eScience Labs. Please note that purchasing the correct kit is essential to your success in the course.

StraighterLine provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. A passing percentage is 70% or higher.

If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for this course, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will be considered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.

There are a total of 1000 points in the course:

Topic Assessment Points Available
1
Measurements and Uncertainty Worksheet 83

Lab Exam 42
2
Kinematics Worksheet 83

Lab Exam 42
3
Newton’s Laws Worksheet 83
  Lab Exam 42
4
Friction Worksheet 83
  Lab Exam 42
5
Work and Conservation of Energy Worksheet 83

Lab Exam 42
6 Conservation of Momentum Worksheet 83

Lab Exam 42
7
Buoyant Force and Archimedes’ Principle Worksheet 83

Lab Exam 42
8
Latent Heat and Specific Heat Worksheet 83

Lab Exam 42
9
Thermodynamics Worksheet 83

Lab Exam 42
Total
1000


This lab-only course is designed as a standalone addition to StraighterLine’s General Physics I course. Students will complete at-home laboratory experiments, track and record results, answer lab-based questions reflected in graded lab reports, and complete lab-based assessments to meet the lab requirement. The labs are provided by eScience Labs, a leading provider of at home lab kits and online lab instructional materials and resources.

Information about the required lab kit is available in the "Course Text" tab below.

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