(Companion to Physics 316, the co-requisite)

      The laboratory course is designed to acquaint you with the experimental basis of the laws of electricity and magnetism and
to introduce you to the techniques of electrical measurement, which are universal in experimental physics.
     To avoid lengthy and time-consuming laboratory reports, most experiments will be completed and the report turned in
at the end of the laboratory session.  This is possible only if you arrive prepared to do the experiment.  Preparation includes
careful reading of the experiment and related material and completion of the Pre-lab, found at the end of each experiment in the
Laboratory Manual.  The Pre-labs must be turned in at the beginning of each session, and you may not be admitted to the laboratory
without having turned in your Pre-lab.

Spring 2020

Using the computers in the laboratory, RLM7.322:
       Login using your UT EID and password
        If you want to preserve a file, you must transfer it to your personal USB drive before leaving the lab.

The computers run Macintosh OSX.  It is an easy operating system to use, but if you need practice, computers running the same
operating system are available in the computer lab down the hall from the laboratory.

Note the laboratory start week shown below.  You should obtain the Laboratory Manual at the University Coop,
read the Introduction and Experiment 0, complete both Pre-Labs, and arrive ready to perform the experiment at the first meeting. 
You must do each of the experiments at your scheduled time.  Since  sections are full, you may not attend a different section for any reason. 
If you miss one experiment for good cause, you may make it up no later than the last day of classes, but note that there is no time scheduled for
makeups.  The lab will be open at times scheduled for this course, Thanksgiving week, and the last class day.  No work will be accepted
after the last class day.
You should bring the Manual and a USB flash drive to each laboratory session.

The Experiments are generally intended to follow the presentation of the topic in lectures, but you cannot even begin laboratory work without knowing
the basic concepts of charge, current, potential, conductors, insulators, and capacitance, which you should have learned in the high school physics
course that is a prerequisite for all university physics.  For some purposes, you may also have to read the textbook before the material is covered in lecture.

List of Experiments

Week                Experiment 

3 Feb             0.  An Introduction to the Equipment        Manual for Exp. 0                             

10 Feb.            1.  Electric charge                                                                              

17 Feb.            2.  Gauss's and Coulomb's laws; Charge Distribution            

24 Feb.            3.  Capacitance                                                                       

2 Mar              4.  DC circuits                                                                                    

9 Mar.             5.  Wheatstone Bridge and Meters                                                     

23 Mar.           6.  Exponential Decay and Deviations from Ohm's Law                                

30 Mar.           7.  Magnetic Fields     

6 April             8.  The Electron e/m Ratio                                                                  

13 April           9.  Introduction to the Oscilloscope                                                   

20 April           10.  AC Circuits:  RC and RL Combinations                    

27 April           11.  Resonant and Oscillating RLC Circuits