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The purpose of this lab is to introduce the students to a number of mechanicapl phenomena which they will be studying in depth throughout the term. The standard version consists of ten lab stations. Topics include:

Station 1: Rotational Motion

Station 2: Rotational Motion - Gyroscopes

Station 3: Bernoulli's Equation

Station 4: Rotational Motion

Station 5: Standing Waves on a Drum Head

Station 6: Rotational Motion

Station 7: Hydrodyanmics

Station 8: Sound Waves

Station 9: Thermodynamics - Stirling Engine

Station 10: Thermodynamics

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Equipment

Number of set-ups available: 1

Per lab station:

Lab Station 1

Lab Station 1
1 rotating base/stool
1 hand held weighted bicycle wheel
1 dumb bells



Lab Station 2

Lab Station 2
1 rotating base
1 weighted bicycle wheel in wooden frame
1 hooked weight



Lab Station 3

Lab Station 3
1 large styrofoam ball
1 air supply with air hose



Lab Station 4

Lab Station 4
1 rotating wooden rod/balls in water filled flasks



Lab Station 5

Lab Station 5
1 oscillator
2 banana leads
1 strobe light
1 drumhead
1 large speaker
1 BNC cable/BNC to banana adaptor
1 BNC to RCA plug adaptor
1 c-clamp
1 small clamp on metal rod
1 current amplifier/10 ohm resistor



Lab Station 6

Lab Station 6
1 rotating wheel in wooden frame



Lab Station 7

Lab Station 7
1 600 ml beaker
1 bucket attached to a ring
1 large flask/2 pieces of rubber tubing attached
1 sponge
2 buckets (1 large - 1 small)



Lab Station 8

Lab Station 8
2 oscilloscopes
1 microphone
2 oscillators
4 banana leads
1 long cable with two banana leads on each end
1 Macintosh/dust cover, cart and mouse pad
1 MacScope interface box and software



Lab Station 9

Lab Station 9
1 stirling engine
1 squeeze bottle of methyl alcohol
1 thermal mitten
1 box of matches
1 ashtray
1 dippy bird
1 radiometer
1 250 ml beaker
1 goose neck lamp
1 block of wood
1 block of aluminum
1 600 ml beaker
2 buckets
1 sponge
1 glass tray
1 hot plate
1 pot/lid
1 Nitinol engine consisting of:
1 Nitinol helix spring
1 flywheel pulley apparatus
2 rectangular plastic containers




Lab Station 10

Lab Station 10



(Number of setups: 1 lab sections worth)

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