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PHYS 1431 - Laboratory for General Physics I
Course last offered 
Fall 2011/12
Yee Fai NG
No. of credits

Teaching Pattern
  • Duration of course: about 14 weeks
  • Tutorial hour(s) / laboratory hour(s) per week: 1 / 2
Students learn how to make scientific observations and measurements, and how to present and understand these measurements by means of graphs and tables. Students also learn the inherent limitations of the measurements and how to assess accuracies and errors. These techniques can be, and are being, applied to a large number of fields outside physics, such as social, behavioral and life sciences. There are 11 experiments scheduled for this course:
  • The Atwood Machine
  • Projectile motion
  • Centripetal force
  • Work, energy and friction
  • Conservation of linear momentum
  • Rotational motion
  • Conservation of energy
  • Conservation of angular momentum
  • Simple harmonic motion
  • Standing waves on a vibrating string
  • Specific heat and latent heat of vaporization
  • Exclusion: PHYS 2411
  • Corequisite: PHYS 1411


PHYS 1431 will not be offered w.e.f. 2012/13. It can be substituted by PHYS 1113.