Course Documents

Since the Fall of 1987, students at Dickinson College have been using all 4 modules of the Workshop Physics Activity Guide. In the fall of 1996, students began using the first edition of the Workshop Physics Acitivty Guide published by John Wiley & Sons. The second edition, designed to work with the Activity Based Physics Suite, became available in Fall 2004.

To see selected activities from the Workshop Physics Activity Guide, please click here.

The Workshop Physics Activity Guide Modules are part of Dickinson's two-semester calculus-based introductory physics sequence. Currently we cover all but one of the 28 units included in the published Activity Guide (we skip Unit 28: Radioactivity and Radon). The downloadable course documents included in the list below were designed to support conduct of the course in a laboratory enviroment where students meet for three 2-hour long sessions each week. Toward the end of each semester we require students to break up into groups of 2 or 3 and conduct a topic related project of their own choosing.

The documents listed below are sample versions of student handouts designed for use in the Dickinson College courses. They can be downloaded and modified to meet local needs. The documents are available in three formats, Microsoft Word/Excel, Stuffit Zip, and Adobe PDF files.

Class Handouts
Projects
Exams Ph. 131
Exams Ph. 132
Homework
Videos

Errata for second edition of Workshop Physics Activity Guide.

General Documents

Class Handouts

Dickinson Workshop Physics Policies: Microsoft WORD / ZIP / PDF
Workshop Physics Sample Schedules:
Microsoft Excel / ZIP / PDF Semester 1 / PDF Semester 2

Projects

Group Assessment Form: Microsoft WORD / ZIP / PDF
Workshop Physics Project Info, Units 1-14: Microsoft WORD / ZIP / PDF
Workshop Physics Project Info, Units 15-28: Microsoft WORD / ZIP / PDF


Coursework

The Ph 131 Materials are associated with the first semester calculus-based physics course at Dickinson College in which Modules 1 & 2 (including Units 1-14 but not Unit 15) of the Workshop Physics Activity Guide are covered. The Ph 132 Materials are associated with the second semester calculus-based physics course at Dickinson College in which Modules 3 & 4 (including Units 16-27and Unit 15 from Module 2) of the Workshop Physics Activity Guide are covered. Unit 28 in Module 4 is not covered at all for lack of time.

WARNING: Use the materials at your own risk. They are most probably NOT error free. Do not sue for consequential damages. --Priscilla Laws May 2003

Exams Ph. 131

Exam 1
Exam 1 Review Microsoft WORD / PDF
Exam 1 Itself Microsoft WORD / PDF
Exam 1 Density Spreadsheet Microsoft EXCEL / PDF

Exam 2
Exam 2 Review Microsoft WORD / PDF
Exam 2 Itself Microsoft WORD / PDF
Exam 2 Skydiver Spreadsheet Microsoft EXCEL / PDF

Final Exam
Final Exam Review Microsoft WORD / PDF
Final Exam Itself Microsoft WORD / PDF
Final Exam Movie Quicktime Movie

Exams Ph. 132

Exam 1
Exam 1 Review Microsoft WORD / PDF
Exam 1 Itself Microsoft WORD / PDF
Exam 1 Rod-Ball Spreadsheet Microsoft EXCEL / PDF

Exam 2
Exam 2 Review Microsoft WORD / PDF
Exam 2 Itself Microsoft WORD / PDF
Exam 2 Cap Lab Tuebingen Spreadsheet Microsoft EXCEL / PDF

Final Exam
Final Exam Review Microsoft WORD / PDF
Final Exam Itself Microsoft WORD / PDF
Final Exam I vs. t Spreadsheet Microsoft EXCEL / PDF


Workshop Physics Homework
The homework assignments here are intended to accompany a workshop physics course at the university level. Both the problem sheets and answer keys are given. The homework files for each workshop module are compressed using the Stuffit Zip format for speedier downloads.

Module 1--Mechanics 1 Zip file
Module 2--Mechanics 2 Zip file
Module 3--Thermodynamics Zip file
Module 4--Electricity & Magnetism Zip file

Note: Some assignments require quicktime movies and Videopoint analysis. Some selected movies for the homework are available below, and the rest can be obtained from the VideoPoint CD. See the ReadMe file for details


Workshop Physics Homework Videos

Module 1 Videos Zip file
Module 2 Videos Zip file
Module 3 Videos Zip file
Module 4 Videos Zip file



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