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“‘Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom’ Prov. 4:7,”


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“‘Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom’ Prov. 4:7,” first edition, is the fruit of more than twenty years of experience in teaching introductory and college level laboratories at different colleges and universities in the United States as well as in Europe. It is a physics laboratory compendium that has enough materials to cover a two-semester course, but it is easily adjustable to the quarter system and adoptable into three sequential classes. The targeted audience includes students taking calculus-based physics courses as well as students taking non-calculus-based physics courses. Therefore, this physics laboratory compendium is especially useful in a system where both students in non-calculus-based and students in calculus-based classes are combined into the same laboratory sessions.

All thirty chapters of this compendium are written in the same format that is described in the section “Laboratory Session Format” below. With its thirty chapters, it constitutes a pool of laboratories that makes a weekly synchronization with lecture topics easier. Each lab has at least one hands-on activity, which can be partly used as in class demo. The other activities use PASCO equipment, which reduces the length of the laboratory sessions with computer-assisted data-taking. However, these activities could be done with simple and standard equipment too, which might be beneficial if the time allocated to the laboratory sessions is long enough. Each single laboratory presented in this compendium is meant to last 2 to 2.5 hours in its current form.

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