Comprehensive 850 Physics System - UI-5800B



The 850 Comprehensive Physics System explores topics in Mechanics, Waves, Optics, and Thermodynamics, and Electromagnetism. The included bundles for each series contain the probeware and equipment for the lab experiments. 

The lab manual covers 83 experiments on a flash drive, each with a PASCO Capstone electronic workbook for the students, another workbook with sample data, and Microsoft WORD document. 

These workbooks have step-by-step instructions with live embedded displays such as graphs, FFTs, oscilloscopes, and meters. They contain the theory, experiment set-up, procedure, data analysis, and questions designed to get the students to think about their results.


Any or all of the experiment files can be downloaded for free from the Experiment Manual (UI-5813) page.

Note: This product includes a conductive ink pen, which has a 6 month shelf life and and is not refillable. For longest life, store the pen in a refrigerator when not in use.


Mechanics (49 Experiments)

1. Introduction to Measurement

2. Uncertainty and Error Analysis

3. Relative Motion

4. Match Graph-Position and Velocity vs. time

5. Instantaneous and Average Speed

6. Position and Velocity

7. Acceleration

     A. Constant Acceleration: Graph P, V, A for a Fan Cart

     B. Constant Velocity and Constant Acceleration

8. Equations of Motion

9. Acceleration Due to Gravity

10. Acceleration of a Freely Falling Picket Fence

11. Constant Acceleration: Graph P, V, A for a Cart on Incline

12. Projectile Motion

13. Projectile Motion-Against Wall

14. Newton’s First Law – No Net Force

15. Newton’s Second Law - Acceleration

16. Newton’s Second Law – Force & Acceleration

17. Newton’s Second Law – Push-Pull a Cart

18. Newton’s Third Law – Tug-of-War

19. Newton’s Laws - Net Force

20. Newton’s Second Law – Atwood’s Machine

21. Newton’s Second Law –Acceleration on an Inclined Plane

22. Static Equilibrium

23. Coefficients of Static and Sliding Friction

24. Friction & Newton's Second Law

25. Magnetic Drag

     A. Magnetic Drag Part 1

     B. Magnetic Drag Part 2

26. Air Drag

27. Centripetal Force on a Pendulum

28. Conservation of Energy - Cart on an Inclined Plane

29. Gravitational Potential Energy

30. Conservation of Energy for a Simple Pendulum

31. Hooke’s Law and Elastic Potential Energy

32. Work-Energy Theorem: Compare W to ΔE

33. Conservation of Momentum and KE in Collisions

34. Impulse and Change in Momentum

35. Ballistic Pendulum

36. Newton's 2nd Law for Rotation

37. Rotational Inertia

38. Rotational Kinetic Energy

39. Conservation of Angular Momentum

40. Static Equilibrium of a Rigid Body

41. Oscillations: Springs in Series and Parallel

42. Oscillations of Cart and Springs

43. Equations of Motion for Oscillations

44. Driven Harmonic Motion – Mass on a Spring

45. Physical Pendulum

46. Period of a Large Amplitude Pendulum

47. Variable-g Pendulum

48. Advanced Oscillations

49. Archimedes’ Principle - Buoyant Force

Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics 
(22 Experiments)

1. Heat and Temperature

2. Transfer of Energy by Radiation

3. Specific Heat

4. Electrical Equivalent of Heat

5. Boyle’s Law: P and V of a Gas at Constant T

6. Absolute Zero

7. Behavior and Characteristics of Sound Waves

8. Standing Waves on a String

9. Resonant Modes of Sound in a Tube

10. Speed of Sound in Air

11. Superposition of Sound Waves

12. Interference of Sound Waves

13. Shadow and Color in Light

14. Object and Image Distances for a Thin Lens

15. Light Properties

     A. Reflection

     B. Refraction

     C. Dispersion

16. Focal Length of a Concave Mirror

17. Optical Instruments: Telescope and Microscope

18. Variation of Light Intensity

19. Light Intensity versus Distance

20. Polarization: Verify Malus’ Law

21. Brewster’s Angle

22. Diffraction of Light

(16 Experiments)

1. Electrostatic Charges

2. Electric Field Mapping

3. Ohm’s Law

4. Series Parallel Circuits

5. Kirchhoff’s Laws: Resistors in Series and Parallel

6. Capacitance

7. RC Circuit

8. LRC Series Circuits & Resonance

9. General Properties of Diodes

10. Build a Rectifier

11. Transistor 1 – The NPN Transistor as a Digital Switch

12. Transistor 2 – Measure the Current Gain

13. Earth’s Magnetic Field

14. Magnetic Field Mapping

15. Induction – Magnet Through a Coil

16. Magnetic Field in a Current-Carrying Coil

Buying Guide

Interface Required

A 550 Universal Interface or 850 Universal Interface is required for use with this product.  Compare the 550 and 850.

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Software Required

This product requires or recommends PASCO Capstone for data collection and analysis.