Introduction: This is a twosemester long laboratory course in physics for the first year BSMS 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:
 Verification of Newtons second law: Airtrack
 Study of projectile
 Determination of gravitational acceleration using reversible pendulum
 Study of coupled pendulum
 Study of forced oscillation using Pohls pendulum
 Study of centrifugal force
 Molar specific heat of metals and DulongPetits law
 Verification of equation of state of gases
 Study of linear thermal expansion in metal rods
 Study of mechanical equivalence of heat
 Mapping of equipotential lines and electrostatic field lines
 Study of magnetic field in Helmholtz coils
 Study of Wheatstone bridge circuit
 Study of mutual inductance
 Concept of series/parallel connections using a cube of resistances
 Construction of one Ohm resistance
 Study of resonance in series LCR AC circuit
 Determination of Youngs modulus of a metal bar using flexure method
 Torsional pendulum and determination of rigidity modulus
 Determination of Viscosity of a liquid using stokes law
 Determination of Surface tension of liquid
 Study of Doppler effect of sound
