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Introduction to Physics

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Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy

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Laboratory Exercises


Labs are not required for this summer course. However, Scholars Online AP Physics students wishing to complete some of the required lab work ahead of time may do so by performing one or more of the labs assigned in PhysicsLite.

Some lab assignments will be available from the web site at the start of the session; several will be added through the course of the summer. Most labs will be associated with specific topics, and you are encouraged to complete the lab and send in the report during during the assignment period. You make make arrangements to complete the other labs out of sequence if you have trouble obtaining equipment.

For safety reasons, both you and your parents must read the safety procedures before starting the lab sequence. Your parents must sign and send a copy of the lab permission letter to me before I can accept any lab reports from you for credit.

Lab equipment may be borrowed from schools or purchased. Most physics principles can be demonstrated using household equipment; measuring these phenomena accurately gets trickier, and that's where we have to be the most inventive. However, if you are willing to make do with "home" accuracy instead of "lab grade" equipment, you can still learn the priniciples of physics...and remember: most of our household equipment such as voltmeters are better than the ones used by the original scientists who discovered these principles. If you want more accurate equipment, you should check my growing list of mail order suppliers.