Velocity of Light 
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Lab ActivitiesStudents apply Maxwell's equations to calculate the capacitance, C, of a parallel plate capacitor, and to calculate the inductance, L, of a solenoid inductor. By measuring the resonant frequency of a circuit containing these elements, the students are able to determine a value for c and show that this value is the same as the accepted value for the speed of light. The apparatus used is very simple. The capacitor is a pair of aluminum plates held apart by small glass spacers. The inductor is made from copper wire wound on a plexiglass tube. A function generator is used to drive the circuit and an oscilloscope to observe the resonance. Course LevelIntroductory: P4, P14, P16 Student Handouts
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