PHY 2049L

General Physics II Lab

SUMMER Schedule

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Updated 09 May 2017.

Ref. no. 174739   --   Wednesday 2:15-4:55                
                and    Friday 11:00-1:40    in TPP 112    (Dr. Carr)

Common Syllabus for PHY2049L

Important clarification of policies related to withdrawal from lecture

Primary Textbook:
Physics Laboratory Manual, by David H. Loyd, FOURTH edition (Brooks/Cole CENGAGE, 2014).
ISBN-13: 9781133950639

We will be using the 4th edition as the primary text for PHY2049L because that is the version students in PHY2048 were expected to purchase in the spring. Our promise is that the same lab manual is used for both semesters at TCC. However, you can use the 3rd edition if you have it from last fall or have access to a used copy of that book. In the few cases where there are differences in post-lab questions, we will follow the 4th edition and announce via LON-CAPA and in lab what needs to be changed if you have the 3rd edition.

If you don't already have a lab manual, I strongly recommend that you purchase or rent the electronic version of the lab manual because of the much lower price. It also appears that the 3rd edition is still available in either pdf or eBook format. Otherwise, you must buy a NEW copy of the lab manual because we remove pages from the book for use in the lab (data tables, calculations, and post-lab report questions) for some of the labs. The best deal for new students in PHY2049 is to purchase an electronic version. The starting pages of the labs you need from the electronic version of both editions are listed below. (You also need some appendices, as also noted below.) Although the electronic version is often a very good buy, you might be able to find a lightly used copy (where few if any of the 2048 lab pages have been used) at a very low price.

Alternate Textbook:
Physics Laboratory Manual, by David H. Loyd, THIRD edition (Brooks/Cole CENGAGE, 2008).
ISBN-13: 9780495114529
The page numbers are different, as shown below.

Contact Dr. Carr immediately if you have any problems getting a lab manual!


Lab Schedule

( Summer 2017 )

Lab #DateDescription Manual
Lab #
Pages in
4th edition
Pages in
3rd edition

Review of Lab Safety and Data Analysis
Use of Electrical Measurement devices
( measuring voltage with a multimeter )
App. I pp. 1-11
  + pg. 519
  + Wolfson Sect 25.4
pp. 1-11
  + pg. 483
  + Wolfson Sect 25.4
15/17 Equipotentials and Electric Fields 26 pp. 295-296
  + Handout
pp. 259-260
  + Handout
Use of Electrical Measurement devices
( measuring current with a multimeter )
  Wolfson Sect 25.4Wolfson Sect 25.4
25/24 Measurement of Electrical Resistance
and Ohm's Law

+ App. II
pp. 315-318
  + Handout
  + pg. 522
pp. 279-282
  + Handout
  + pg. 486
35/31 Basic Circuits   pg. 316
  + Handout
pg. 280
  + Handout
46/7 Kirchhoff's Rules 34 pp. 375-378
  + Handout
  + pp. 381-383
pp. 339-342
  + Handout
  + pp. 345-347
56/14 The RC Time Constant   (DC) 33 pp. 365-368
  + pp. 371-373
pp. 329-332
  + pp. 335-337
Lab Exam 1     
 6/21 There will be no   Wednesday   lab or lecture due to "A" term finals
Oscilloscope Measurements 38 pp. 415-419
  + pp. 424-425
pp. 379-383
  + pp. 388-389
66/28 Alternating Current LR Circuits 36 pp. 395-399
  + Handout
  + pp. 403-404
pp. 359-363
  + Handout
  + pp. 367-368
77/5 Alternating Current
RC and LCR Circuits
37 pp. 405-408
  + pp. 411-413
pp. 369-372
  + pp. 375-378
87/12 Snell's Law 40 pp. 437-438
  + Handout
pp. 401-402
  + Handout
Focal Length of Lenses 41 pp. 449-451
  + Handout
pp. 413-415
  + Handout
 7/19 Lab Exam 2     

Note: The initial set of pages used pictures taken in one day showing each of the lab setups. These have been updated over the past years, and information has been added on the use of some of the equipment. Some details may vary, but they do show the apparatus as it should look when you arrive and sometimes how it looks when in use. I will continue to update the pictures and add supplemental material. Suggestions are appreciated on what additional info could be helpful to you.

Note: Extra handouts are kept in the lab.

Special thanks to the students whose hands appear in some photos. Sharing their work helps every student after them learn from what was done before and build on that to develop good lab technique.


Note that PHY 2049 must be taken at the same time as PHY 2049L unless you have already earned a C in PHY2049.


Related WWW Sites

Info on Constants, SI Units, and Measurement Uncertainty (NIST)


 ?? Contact me if you have any questions.