North Central College - Naperville, IL

Physics Lab Experiments

100 Level
1. Error and Uncertainty
2. Free Fall (photo)
3. Vector Forces (photo1, photo2, photo3)
4. Projectile Motion (photo1, photo2)
5. Newton's 2nd Law: The Atwood Machine (photo1, photo2)
6. Friction (photo1, photo2)
7. Circular Motion (photo1 photo2, photo3, photo4)
8. Collisions (photo1, photo2, photo3)
9.  Jupiter's Moons
10. The Work - Energy Theorem and Potential Energy (photo1, photo2, photo3)
Physics II
1-2. Rotational Inertia (photo1, photo2, photo3, photo4, photo5, photo6)
3. Intro the the Oscilloscope (photo1, photo2, photo3, photo4)
and the Study of Simple Harmonic Motion (phot05, photo6)
4. Standing Waves on a String (photo1, photo2, photo3, photo4)
5. Standing Waves in a Tube (photo1, photo2, photo3, photo4)
6. Interference and Diffraction of Light
7. Refraction and Dispersion (photo)
8-9. Geometric Optics (photo8-1, photo8-2, photo9-1)
10. Polarization of Light (photo1, photo2, photo3, photo4, photo5, photo6)
Physics III
1. Electric Charge (photo1 photo2, photo3, photo4, photo5)
2. Electric Field and Electric Potential (photo)
3-4. DC Circuits (photo1, photo2, photo3)
5. RC Circuits (photo1, photo2, photo3, photo4, photo5, photo6, photo7, photo8)
6. Magnetic Force on a Current-Carrying Wire (photo1, photo2, photo3)
7. Diodes (photo1, photo2, photo3, photo4, photo5)
8. Mass to Charge Ratio of the Electron (photo1, photo2, photo3, photo4)
9. Heat of Vaporization of Liquid Nitrogen (photo1, photo2)
10. Radioactive Decay
Intro to Special Relativity
Analysis of Subatomic Particle Decays Using Relativistic Kinematics
200 Level
Physics IV
  1. Excel Workshop; Error Propagation
  2. Thermal Expansion
  3. Ideal Gases & Fluid Dynamics
  4. The Speed of Light
  5. Radioactive Decay
  6. The Photoelectric Effect

Quantum Physics

  1. The Franck-Hertz Experiment
  2. Muon Lifetime
  3. Magnetic Torque
  4. The Two-Slit Experiment
  5. Visible Spectroscopy of Dyes
  6. IR Spectroscopy of HCl and DCl
  7. Visible spectroscopy of Iodine vapor
  1. DC Circuits
  2. AC Test Instruments and Transient Circuits
  3. AC Circuits
  4. Diodes
  5. Transistors
  6. Operational Amplifiers
  7. Digital Circuits I - Gates and Logic
  8. Digital Circuits II - Flip-Flops and Applications
  9. Student Projects (2 weeks)
300-400 level
  1. Heat Capacities of Gases
  2. Solution Calorimetry: Glycine Proton Transfer Enthalpies
  3. Bomb Calorimetry
  4. Thermodynamics of N2O4 Dissociation
  5. Rubber Band Thermodynamics
  6. Thermal Lens Calorimetry
  7. Energetics of DNA Duplex Formation

Advanced Laboratory

  1. Instrument Interfacing with LabVIEW
  2. Lock-In Amplifier
  3. Faraday Rotation
  4. X-Ray Emission and Absorption
  5. Pulsed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
  6. Gamma Ray Spectroscopy
  7. Optical Pumping
  8. Diode Laser Spectroscopy

 Computational Laboratory