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Abstract Title: Measurement of the dispersion relation of a wave on a string
Abstract: At Wittenberg University, the final advanced laboratory experience is associated with a junior-level course, Wave Phenomena.  A major goal in this lab experience is to move the students from the well-defined laboratory experiences that they have seen in previous courses toward the more open ended activities that they will we be involved in as part of their senior research project.  This poster will present the first lab that these students encounter in this laboratory experience.  Using equipment that is quite common in an introductory lab, students measure the dispersion relation of a wave on a string.  While the experiment is similar to what might be done at the introductory level, it is much more open-ended and requires a deeper level of analysis.  In this way, this laboratory experience provides an excellent start in the transition to the more open-ended experiences that the student will be involved in during their senior year.  In addition to presenting the lab as it is currently offered and typical results, we will also present simple extensions to this lab that we intend to make in future offering.
Abstract Type: Poster
Contributed Poster: Download the Contributed Poster
Session: Session IX - Effective Experiments Poster Session

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jeremiah D. Williams
Physics Department, Wittenberg University
225 North Fountain Avenue
Springfield, OH 45504
and Co-Presenter(s)
Daniel Fleisch, Elizabeth George and Paul Voytas
Physics Department, Wittenberg University