Physics 1

Hands-On Lab Equipment - Physics 1 :

     A list of equipment needed to perform the hands-on lab activities for this course is shown below. Although almost all of the equipment can be found in a typical home, some of the items may need be purchased at a neighborhood store or an online retailer like the ones suggested. If you want to order this equipment online, please give yourself time for shipping.

List of Equipment:

Unit

Lab

Materials

1

Reaction Time

  • Ruler
  • Stopwatch

1

Kinematics

Note: Steel ball bearings are available at most hardware stores.

Current Price: Less than $1.00 each

  • Heavy marble (steel ball bearing preferred)
  • Two long pieces of wood (preferably two   meter sticks)
  • Books or a box of Kleenex
  • Ruler (preferably a meter stick)
  • Protractor (optional)
  • Stopwatch

2

Projectiles

Note: The entire ramp system can be purchased online at Ward’s Science. https://www.wardsci.com/store/catalog/product.jsp?catalog_number=160031

Current Price: $19.10

  • Heavy sphere (steel ball bearing preferred)
  • Plastic ruler
  • Piece of wood onto which the ramp can be fastened
  • Books
  • Tape measure or a meter stick
  • Stopwatch

3

Coefficient of Friction

  • Long piece of smooth wood (ex: a bookshelf)
  • Small block of wood
  • Protractor to make angle measurements (or a ruler to make length measurements)
  • Books to help make an inclined plane with the long piece of wood
  • Several pieces of notebook paper
  • Tape

3

Terminal Speed

  • Five to ten coffee filters
  • Tape
  • Several plastic grocery bags
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • String
  • One nickel coin
  • Stopwatch

3

Uniform Circular Motion

  • The body tube from a ball point pen
  • String
  • 10 to 15 pennies (1983 or newer)
  • 15 quarters (1965 or newer)
  • Masking tape
  • Ruler
  • Stopwatch
  • Safety glasses

4

Power

  • Meter stick or tape measure
  • Book
  • Digital scale (optional)
  • Stopwatch

4

Impulse

  • One straw (used for drinking from a glass)
  • Several Q-tips (cotton swabs)

4

Conservation of Momentum
Note: The   entire ramp system can be purchased online at Wards Science. This is the same   ramp system that could be used in the projectiles lab.   https://www.wardsci.com/store/catalog/product.jsp?catalog_number=160031

Current Price: $19.10

  • Two heavy spheres (steel spheres preferred)
  • Plastic ruler
  • Piece of wood onto which the ramp can be fastened
  • Books
  • Tape measure or a meter stick
  • A plumb line (string with a weight attached)

5

Angular Motion

  • Several heavy glass marbles and several   steel ball bearings of various sizes
  • Several different sized cans of soup
  • An empty spaghetti sauce jar
  • A new (thick) roll of masking tape or duct tape
  • A Long piece of smooth wood (ex: a bookshelf)
  • Books to help make an inclined plane with the long piece of wood
  • Tape measure or a meter stick
  • Stopwatch

5

Torque

  • Meter stick or wooden rod
  • Several objects of known mass
  • String

6

Wave Behavior

Note: Metal slinkies can usually be found at toy stores. Extra-large metal slinkies can be purchased online at Home Science Tools.   http://www.hometrainingtools.com/slinky-metal-extra-large

Current Price: $6.60

  • Metal “slinky” (extra-large slinky preferred)
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Stopwatch
  • Digital camera or cell phone

7

Simple Light Bulb Circuits

Note: All of the materials listed on the right can be inexpensively purchased at a store   like Radio Shack. These can ordered online at radioshack.com.
Current Price: Under $20 for all needed materials

  • Two batteries (AA, 1.5 v, Alkaline)
  • Two battery holders
  • 10 pack of 14 inch jumper wires w/alligator clip ends
  • 4 light bulbs (#14 round bulbs)
  • 4 bulb holders
 

 

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