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Physics Investigations

Physics E&M  Investigations

Presentation of the AP Physics content for E&M will be finished some time in Dec. Starting in January a substantial amount of class time will be devoted to performing hands-on physics experiments in order to answer the essential question shown below:

 Essential Question: Do the mathematical models and principles of physics actually work?

Relavance: Therory needs to be confirmed by experiments.

The investigations selected below are intended to help meet the IB internal assessment standards

 Investigation 1:  Investigation of shielding IB Standard: Rubrics Purpose / Research Question :  Can shielding prevent unwanted electric fields from producing noise signals in wires? Instructions: Wrap about 3 feet of unshielded single conductor wire into a coil about 10 inches in diameter. connect the two ends to an oscilloscope and place the coil atop a similar sized coil of an extension cord plugged into the wall. Observe the noise signal picked up by the single conductor wire. Wrap an aluminum foil shield around the single conductor wire and connect one end of it to the oscilloscope's ground. Again observe the noise signal. Equipment: oscilloscope, 3 ft of unshielded wire, extension cord Data, Calculations: Record your observations. Questions, Conclusions: What does Gauss's Law indicate about the e-field inside a charged conductive surface in electrostatic equilibrium? How does the above situation relate to the conditions of the experiment? What is different? Safety: Deliverables (formative / summative assessment): An Excel spread sheet with

 Investigation 3:  Analysis of circuits with resistors in parallel and series IB Standard: Rubrics Purpose / Research Question:  Do the equations for calculating total resistance actually work? Instructions: Determine if the equations for calculating the total resistance of series an parallel circuits actually work. Configure 3 resistors in series and measure the total resistance of the circuit. Configure 3 resistors in parallel and measure the total resistance of the circuit. Configure two different  combination parallel and series circuit with a minimum of 5 resistors in each circuit. Measure the total resistance of the circuit. Be sure to record a drawing of each circuit. Note: use the color code to select resistors, keeping in mind that you will not be able to measure total resistance if the resistance is too high or too low. However, measure the resistance of each with the multimeter and use this number in your calculations. Note: TURN THE MULTIMETER OFF WHEN FINISHED! It's battery operated. Equipment: multimeter, various resistors, solderless breadboard Data, Calculations: Calculate a total resistance for each circuit configuration and a % difference from the measured value Questions, Conclusions: Why is it better to use the measured values for each resistor when calculating the total resistance rather than using the official manufacture's values? Why would we use the term "% differences" rather than "% error" ? What assumptions are implicit in the models you used to calculate the total resistance? What additional experimental errors did you introduce when using the multimeter? Safety: The wires on resistors as well as the multimeter probes can inflict puncture wound. Deliverables (formative / summative assessment): A Word document with a sketch of the circuits, a data section and a conclusion.

 Investigation 4:  Investigation of Kirchoff's Law IB Standard: Rubrics Purpose / Research Question:  Do the voltage differences around a closed loop in a circuit actually add up to zero? Instructions: Create a circuit with 2 loops in it and at least 3 resistors. Measure the voltage differences around all 3 loops. Equipment: multimeter, various resistors, solderless breadboard, power supply Data, Calculations: Sum of voltage differences  around the loops Questions, Conclusions: Answer the research question using the data from the 3 loops. Safety: Be sure the power supply is set to the lowest practical DC voltage. Starting at around 30 volts, a current can be harmful to humans. Hazards can include burns and in the worst case (usually with AC power) can disrupt the electrical activity of the heart leading to unconsciousness and possibly death. Make all connections with the power turned off. Do not touch bare wires or terminals after the power is on. Carefully check your circuit for shorts before turning power on. Shorting out the power supply will at best blow its fuses. in the worst case it will cause a fire. Deliverables (formative / summative assessment): A Word document with the data calculations, and a sketch of the circuit.

 Investigation 5: Measurement of the Speed of Sound IB Standard: Rubrics. Solve problems involving the fundamental and higher harmonic modes. Purpose / Research Question: Measure the speed of sound in aluminum using wave equations Instructions:Create a pure sine wave by making an aluminum rod resonate. Measure its frequency using both a frequency and time plot.. Equipment: Aluminum rod, meter stick, resin, Android Phones Data, Calculations: frequency from the time plot. Speed of sound in aluminum from 1st harmonic anaylysis.. Questions, Conclusions: Does the measured speed of sound match with accepted values? How long would it take sound to travel from one end of the rod to the other How feasible would it be to measure this time in some other manner? If you input a sound at one end of an aluminum rod, would the sound have the same frequency when heard at the other end? Would it have the same wavelength? Safety: The sound is very loud and should be experienced for only short durations. Deliverables (formative / summative assessment): calculations as described above.

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