Details of PH1202 (Spring 2017)

Level: 1 Type: Laboratory Credits: 3.0

Course CodeCourse NameInstructor(s)
PH1202 Physics Laboratory II Amit Ghosal,
Bipul Pal,
Rumi De,
Sourin Das

Introduction: This is a two-semester long laboratory course in physics for the first year BS-MS students. The course aims to develop general experimental skills such as taking and recording data accurately, analyzing and presenting data through use of tables, chart and graphs, etc. Concepts of error analysis, precision and accuracy of data, significant digit etc. will be taught. Students are expected to enjoy doing things by their own hands. They will perform simple but interesting experiments to verify various concepts of physics that they have learnt in the classroom lectures. Successful students are expected to develop critical thinking skills such as being able to make reasonable predictions and hypotheses from known facts, being able to see the relationship between experiments and equations and seeing how they apply to the real world. This laboratory course is designed to be beneficial to all students irrespective of whether they choose to major in physics or not.

  • Experiments:

    1. Verification of Newtons second law: Airtrack

    2. Study of projectile

    3. Determination of gravitational acceleration using reversible pendulum

    4. Study of coupled pendulum

    5. Study of forced oscillation using Pohls pendulum

    6. Study of centrifugal force

    7. Molar specific heat of metals and Dulong-Petits law

    8. Verification of equation of state of gases

    9. Study of linear thermal expansion in metal rods

    10. Study of mechanical equivalence of heat

    11. Mapping of equipotential lines and electrostatic field lines

    12. Study of magnetic field in Helmholtz coils

    13. Study of Wheatstone bridge circuit

    14. Study of mutual inductance

    15. Concept of series/parallel connections using a cube of resistances

    16. Construction of one Ohm resistance

    17. Study of resonance in series LCR AC circuit

    18. Determination of Youngs modulus of a metal bar using flexure method

    19. Torsional pendulum and determination of rigidity modulus

    20. Determination of Viscosity of a liquid using stokes law

    21. Determination of Surface tension of liquid

    22. Study of Doppler effect of sound


  1. Manual for 1st year physics lab prepared by IISER faculty

Course Credit Options

Sl. No.ProgrammeSemester NoCourse Choice
1 IP 2 Not Allowed
2 IP 4 Not Allowed
3 IP 6 Not Allowed
4 MR 2 Not Allowed
5 MR 4 Not Allowed
6 MS 2 Core
7 RS 1 Not Allowed
8 RS 2 Not Allowed