Labs at Pomona College
This page provides links to lab materials that we used for the Six Ideas course at Pomona College during the 2001/2 academic year. These materials are very much a work in progress (indeed, we are planning a massive revision of the lab during the 2005/6 academic year), and some documents are missing (for a variety of reasons), but these materials are offered as is to help give you some ideas about developing a lab program to go with a Six Ideas course. All the links here are to PDF files. All materials here are copyrighted: please ask for permission before using.
Lab Reference Manual: This is a booklet that we hand out at the beginning of each term to provide students with background information about data analysis, graphing, writing lab reports, thin-lens optics, and so on. Students are required to read selected chapters (and do the exercises) before coming to certain labs. This material was written by Alma Zook and myself, with help from Torrin Hultgren, Alex Hui, and others.
Fall Term Experiments: These are the handouts we give to students during the fall term of 2001. (There is no lab 11.)
Spring Term Experiments: These are the handouts we give to students during the spring term of 2002.
Supporting Software: These are home-built computer programs we use to support the labs. All Mac versions are in .bin format; all Windows versions in .exe format. All programs are freeware. Mac OS9 programs will run in "Classic" mode on OS X.
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