Our Current Second Semester Introductory Physics Laboratories

Document Type


Presentation Date

Winter 1-6-2011

Conference Name

American Association of Physics Teachers Winter meeting (2011)

Conference Location

Jacksonville FL


The traditional second semester introductory physics laboratory explores a hodge-podge of topics from circuits to capacitors to optics to physical optics. We have modified our second semester laboratories such that they have a single concentration: circuits. These laboratories build a conceptual understanding of basic electricity and circuits through student investigation. The laboratories are arranged so that they build upon previous experiences requiring the students to retain what they have learned. The laboratories are so successful at teaching about circuits that we have been able to remove the topic from the lecture component of the class. The laboratories and measures of their success will be described.



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