College Physics Laboratory Manuals


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16th ed., July 2022, 92 pages
ISBN 978-0-89641-626-0
$24.95 (includes shipping)

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14th ed., July 2021, 100 pages
ISBN 978-0-89641-613-0
$22.95 (includes shipping)

The experiments in the Fifteenth Edition of College Physics I and the Fourteenth Edition of College Physics II have been selected to complement the material usually taught in the first semester of an algebra and trigonometry-based introductory physics course for pre-professional students. Many of the experiments have been revised to incorporate computer-based data acquisition methods and analysis using modern computing techniques.

Each experiment begins with a brief introduction to the subject matter, followed by a short discussion of the theory and basic principles relevant to the experiment. All equations needed to analyze the experiment are given. Rather than present the experiment in the standard format of procedure, data and results, and calculations, the students perform calculations and record results as data are taken. In this way, students can better integrate the experimental techniques and results with the theory. A second advantage is that errors are detected before the experiment is performed in its entirety. Questions designed to extend the students' understanding of the lesson and show how the material relates to everyday phenomena are included at the end of each experiment. Each experiment is designed to be completed and submitted to the instructor within the three-hour laboratory period.

The pages are 3-hole punched for inserting into a binder and sufficient space has been included for calculations to be shown; no additional paper is usually needed. In the latest editions the graph paper has been removed to provide ease and accessibility for students.


  • Experiments

    1. Density of Solid
    2. Addition of Vectors: Translational Equilibrium
    3. Circular Motion: Centripetal Force and Acceleration
    4. Torque: Equilibrium of a Rigid Object
    5. Simple Harmonic Motion
    6. Rotational Motion: Moment of Inertia
    7. Work and Energy
    8. Conservation of Momentum: Two-dimensional Collisions
    9. Motion: Uniform Velocity and Acceleration
    10. Newton's Second Law of Motion
    11. Conservation of Momentum: One-dimensional Collisions
    12. The Vibrating String: Standing Waves


  • Experiments

    1. Reflection and Refraction at a Plane Surface
    2. Image Formation by Lenses and Mirrors
    3. Diffraction
    4. Polarization
    5. Electric Charge and Electrostatics
    6. Magnetic Forces: Forces between Current-carrying Wires
    7. Electric Circuits: Part I
    8. Electric Circuits: Part II
    9. Electromagnetic Induction: Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law
    10. Interference
    11. Capacitance and RC Circuits
    12. Potential Mapping