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Brewster's Angle

Explore how the intensity and polarization of light changes when reflected from the surface of a transparent medium, and then compare the experimental...

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Interference and Diffraction

Diffraction and interference patterns are measured for single and double slits by scanning the laser pattern with a light sensor and plotting...

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Electrostatic Charges

Compare and contrast the results of three different methods of charging: (1) rubbing two objects together; (2) touching a charged object to a...

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Electric Field Mapping

This qualitative activity introduces the concepts of equipotential surfaces and electric fields. A number of rules about the electric field are...

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Ohm's Law

Verify Ohm’s Law for commercially manufactured resistors and to examine the limits of validity for Ohm’s Law. The behavior of resistors,...

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Series Parallel Circuits

Series/Parallel circuits are reduced to an equivalent resistance and that resistance is verified by measuring the total current and total voltage....

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Kirchhoff's Circuit Laws

Verify the laws for a resistive circuit using a DC input and for a time varying RC circuit. The DC portion and the RC portion of the lab are...

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Capacitance

Investigate how the capacitance of a parallel-plate capacitor varies when the plate separation is changed and to qualitatively see the effect...

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RC Circuit

For a capacitor discharging through a resistor, the half-life for the decay is measured directly and also calculated using the capacitive time...

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LRC Series Circuit

The phase differences between the output voltage, the voltage across the inductor, the voltage across the capacitor, and the voltage across the...

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