This course is a corequisite for the PY 205, Physics for Engineers and Scientists I, course and supports the learning objectives for that course.
In the laboratory students will learn to use the methods and processes of science in testing hypotheses, solving problems, and making decisions.
Students will be able to develop and test methods to isolate and account for the effects of friction in an experimental apparatus for measuring unknown moments of inertia of rotating objects.
Students will be able to investigate how well different models of motion apply to an object being launched from a ramp by collecting and analyzing data.
Students will be able to analyze the relationship among position, velocity, and acceleration of a moving object by examining graphs of the motion versus time for various types of motion.
Students will be able to apply Newton's second law to a rotating system in order to determine the mass of an unknown object undergoing centripetal motion.
Natural Sciences GEP Learning Outcomes
Each course in the natural sciences will provide instruction and guidance that help the student to:
1. use the methods and processes of science in testing hypotheses, solving problems and making decisions; and
2. make inferences from and articulate, scientific concepts, principles, laws, and theories, and apply this knowledge to problem solving.