Midterm next week

Like I said in class, I really don’t think we have an option. The only way I can give you a grade before the last day to withdraw is to have the midterm exam next week.

Normally, the formal lab report is due at this time. However, in an effort to make you less unhappy I will let you turn in the formal lab report on the next class (March 14 - which is Pi day, btw).

Notes for the midterm.
  • You will be able to use any lab reports you turned in.
  • You may also bring a calculator.

For the test, you will need to know:
  • Graphing (on paper). Finding the slope, and interpreting the slope.
  • 1-D kinematics (free fall)
  • Numerical calculations. I do not except for you to know the technical details of Excel nor of VPython, but you do need to know the steps and the general idea. For example, I might give you a step and ask you to manually calculate the next values.
  • Newton's Second Law (you do not need to know how to run the motion detector, but you should know what it is and how to interpret the data from it)
  • Error analysis. You need to know where these numbers come from, how to compare two quantities and how to determine the uncertainty for a calculated quantity. You should also be able to calculate standard deviation and standard error for simple cases.

There also may be some practical lab portions where you actually collect data (by yourself).

Also, here some notes about the formal lab report.