Recitation/Labs (Spring 2017)

The IPLS physics recitation and labs use biological examples to teach the same – or more – physics that you would have learned in the “traditional” or “modern” flavors of intro physics. We expect it to be more interesting, more relevant and (we hope) more fun for life-sciences people. Fair warning: it will also be more chaotic – at least in this, our inaugural year.

Week-by-week specifics will be posted in the table below as the semester progresses. Quizzes and Recitations are posted on T-Square.

Date Pre-reading Lab Instructions Writeup due Notes
Week 1
Th, Jan 12
none none
Week 2
Th, Jan 19
 none Coin flip statistics spreadsheet
 Lab 6: Hagen-Poiseuille flow
see below
Week 3
Th, Jan 26
 none  (continued from previous week) By next lab
 Teams and writeups
Week 4
Th, Feb 2
Viscosity  Lab 7: Electrophoresis and charge screening
Week 5
Th, Feb 9
Zeta potential and screening  (continued from previous week)  By next lab (2/16)
Week 6
Th, Feb 16
none  Lab 8: Nerve Transmission
Week 7
Th, Feb 23
none  (continued from previous week)  By next Sunday (3/5)
Week 8
Th, Mar 2
 none  Lab 8a: Circuits  in class
Week 9
Th, Mar 9
none  Lab 9: Lenses
Week 10
Th, Mar 16
 Lightlenses and the thin lens equation

Desmos demo

(continued from previous week) Sunday 4/2
Week 11
Th, Mar 23
 Spring break  –
Week 12
Th, Mar 30
 Using our spectrometer  Lab 10: Spectroscopy  see below
Week 13
Th, Apr 6
Photon energy
Bohr atom
 (continued from previous week)  see below
Week 14
Th, Apr 13
 none  (none, unless you need it to complete Lab 10)  Sunday 4/16
Week 15
Th, Apr 20
 none Lab X2 Sunday 4/23