General Physics Lab: Ideal Gas Laws

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Equipment and setup

  • Equipments used in this experiment are (see Figure 1): Air track with blower, tow gliders, glider attachments (rubber-band yoke, flat blade, pin with cork attachment, wax insert attachment), two timing flags, two photogates, four 0.05kg masses.
  • Adjust the plunger so that the front black ridge is on the 5 cc (cubic cm) mark (Figure 1).
  • In part II, do not let the pressure sensor get in the water (see Firgure 2).
  • Use the 'Lab programs -> 207 Labs -> Boyle's Law' (Figure 3) to record the data in part I. For part II, a different program 'Gas Law" should be used.
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TA Notes
  • Perform the experiment ahead of time!
  • For you and other's safety, don't touch the the metal beaker when it is being heated.
  • Make sure that the students handle the wires and cables properly so they are not in contact with the hot plate!
  • In part II, don't let the students unplug the rubber stopper.
  • Double check to make sure all the hot plates have been turned off before you leave the room!

Data, Results and Graphs

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Lab Manual

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