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Welcome to Physics 401: Classical Laboratory!

Physics 401 is a one semester course intended to give students an introduction to basic laboratory techniques in experimental physics in the context of classical mechanics and electromagnetism.

In experimental physics we learn about the universe by asking it questions in a controlled way (experiment), and interpreting our observations quantitatively to constrain theoretical frameworks (analysis). In this course we will work through all aspects of this process at a level beyond that of your introductory courses:

The tools and techniques we will use in this course are foundational to a wide variety of endeavors in science and engineering.




Our first lecture will be on Monday, 19 Aug in 222 Loomis. We'll be going over how the course works, and preparing for the first lab activity.

Preparing for the first week