Physics labs for non-physics student

taught at the Institute for Atomic and Nuclear Physics, University Göttingen

In total students had to do 20 experiments, covering topics across the full physics spectrum. Each session lasted 4 hours, covering 2 experiments. My job was to review the neccessary basics, introduce each of the experiments and give instructions on what the goal and methods are. During the experiments I was making sure the students handled the experiments safely, answer questions and help out where with problems.

Each of the experiments came with a set of questions, some of which had to be prepared beforehand, while most questions were meant to use the recorded measurements to compute certain quantities

Topics for the experiments were:

  • Elastic Collisions
  • Torsional/Rotary ascillations
  • Capillarity and Buoyancy
  • Internal friction of fluids
  • Specific heat capacity
  • Molar heat capacity of air
  • Lens equations
  • Microscope
  • Refrective index of glass
  • Measuring the wavelength of light via diffraction on a grating
  • Thermal element
  • Characteristic curves of various conductors
  • Electrical networks
  • Nonstationary diffusion
  • Cathode ray oscillograph
  • Electrical coils and transformer
  • Solar cell and semi-conductor diode
  • Transistor
  • Artificial redioactivity
  • Specific electron charge e/m