Physics Project Lab

Paperback | December 6, 2014

byPAUL GLUCK, John King

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This book is the result of many years of experience of the authors in guiding physics projects. It aims to satisfy a deeply felt need to involve students and their instructors in extended experimental investigations of physical phenomena. Over fifty extended projects are described in detail, at various levels of sophistication, aimed at both the advanced high school, as well as first and second year undergraduate physics students, and their instructors. Carrying out these projects may take anything from a few days to several weeks,and in some cases months. Each project description starts with a summary of theoretical background, proceeds to outline goals and possible avenues of exploration, suggests needed instrumentation, experimental setup and data analysis, and presents typical results which can serve as guidelines for thebeginner researcher. Separate parts are devoted to mechanics, electromagnetism, acoustics, optics, liquids, and thermal physics. An additional appendix suggests twenty further ideas for projects, giving a very brief description for each and providing references for pursuing them in detail. We also suggest a usefullibrary of basic texts for each of the topics treated in the various parts.

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This book is the result of many years of experience of the authors in guiding physics projects. It aims to satisfy a deeply felt need to involve students and their instructors in extended experimental investigations of physical phenomena. Over fifty extended projects are described in detail, at various levels of sophistication, aimed a...

Paul Gluck is Lecturer at Jerusalem College of Engineering. The late John King was formerly Francis L Friedman Professor of Physics at MIT.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.64 inPublished:December 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198704585

ISBN - 13:9780198704584

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Introduction: Projects: why and how?Part 1: Mechanics1. Bouncing balls2. Mechanics of soft springs3. Pulse speed in falling dominoes4. A variable mass oscillator5. Rotating vertical6. Cycloidal paths7. Physics of rubber bands and cords8. Oscillation modes of a rodPart 2: Electromagnetism9. Physics of incandescent lamps10. Propulsion with a solenoid11. Magnetic dipoles12. The jumping ring of Elihu Thomson13. Microwaves in dielectrics I14. Microwaves in dielectrics II15. The Doppler effect16. Noise17. Johnson noise18. Network analog for lattice dynamics19. Resistance networksPart 3: Acoustics20. Vibrating wires and strings21. Physics with loudspeakers22. Physics of the tuning fork23. Acoustic resonance in pipes24. Acoustic cavity resonators and filters25. Room acoustics26. Musical instruments: the violin27. Musical instruments: the guitar28. Brass musical instrumentsPart 4: Liquids29. Sound from gas bubbles in a liquid30. Shape and path of air bubbles in a liquid31. Ink diffusion in water32. Refractive index gradients33. Light scattering by surface ripples34. Diffraction of light by ultrasonic waves in liquids35. The circular hydraulic jump36. Vortex physics37. Plastic bottle oscillator38. Salt water oscillatorPart 5: Optics39. Birefringence in cellulose tapes40. Barrier penetration41. Reflection and transmission of light42. Polarisation by transmission43. Laser speckle44. Light scattering from suspensions45. Light intensity from a line source46. Light interference in reflecting tubesPart 6: Temperature and Heat47. Cooling I48. Cooling II49. The Leidenfrost effect I50. The Leidenfrost effect II51. The drinking bird52. Liquid vapor equilibrium53. Solar radiation fluxAppendix A: Project ideasAppendix B: Facilities, materials, devices and instrumentsAppendix C: Reference library