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The experiments in this lab manual were designed to enhance your learning of physics through hands-on learning. With the lab manual you will use actual physics lab equipment and scientific research methods that will help you connect what you learn in physics with your everyday life. You do not need any previous experience with physics to successfully perform these lab procedures. Each lab contains an introductory section which introduces the big picture concepts of the lab as well as how they connect to everyday life. They will also introduce the pioneering physicists and experiments that led to our current knowledge of each lab topic. Relevant equations that you will use in the labs are also introduced here, including definition of their variables. Many of the labs involve measuring the value of these variables so that you can later perform your own calculations. The lab manual clearly presents learning objectives for the lab. These are the take away points that you should be able to explain or perform after doing the activities. Each lab is divided into 2-3 activities. Teachers may or may not have you perform all activities in a given lab depending on your classroom's learning objectives. Safety issues are included to prevent injury to yourself or your classmates during the lab activities. Each activity has its own safety precautions section.
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