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High School Virtual Physics Lab is a complete set of 24 iPad-based labs for high school physics. In addition to a 3D simulation that produces realistic data, each lab includes introductory videos, background theory, experimental procedure, analysis and reporting tools, pre-lab quizzes, post-lab questions, and teacher support materials. These labs can serve as replacements for hands-on labs, especially when equipment is not available, or as supplements to hands-on labs. They are also a suitable option for students in distance learning situations.

 


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NEWTON'S SECOND
LAW OF MOTION

Use a laboratory cart to investigate the relationships between the force applied to an object and the mass and acceleration of the object.



ACCELERATION OF
GRAVITY

Use a position sensor to examine the relationship between the position, velocity, and acceleration of a free-falling body.



ADDITION OF
FORCE VECTORS

Uses a force table to investigate the vector addition of forces.



ARCHIMEDES’ PRINCIPLE

Use a laboratory balance, metal samples, water, and alcohol to investigate Archimedes’ Principle, and to determine the mass densities of solids and fluids.



CENTRIPETAL FORCE

Use a centripetal force apparatus to investigate the relationships between the centripetal force on an object and the mass, velocity, and radius of revolution of the object.



CONSERVATION
OF ENERGY

Use a spring-mass system to investigate the conservation of mechanical energy.



CONSERVATION OF MOMENTUM
Use two colliding bodies to investigate elastic and inelastic collisions, and compare kinetic energy.



FRICTION

Use a friction block to determine the coefficients of static friction and kinetic friction for two surfaces in contact.



GAS LAWS

Use a syringe, masses, a thermometer, a hotplate, and a water and ice bath to investigate Boyle’s Law and Charles’s Law.



HOOKE'S LAW

Use a spring-mass system to investigate the relationship between the force acting on a spring and the resulting change in length of the spring.



IMAGE FORMATION
USING LENSES

Use an optical bench to determine the focal length of a converging lens and to investigate the relationship between the object distance and the image distance.



JOULE HEATING

Use a calorimeter to investigate electrical energy and thermal energy.



MOMENTUM
AND IMPULSE

Uses a laboratory cart to investigate the relationship between the impulse exerted on a constant mass and the resulting change in the momentum of the mass.



MOTION OF
A PENDULUM

Use a mass on a string to investigate the relationships between the mass, length, amplitude, and period of oscillation of a pendulum.



OHM’S LAW

Use a resistor, a power supply, a voltmeter, and an ammeter to investigate the relationships between the voltage, current, and resistance in a circuit.



RC CIRCUITS

Use a power supply, voltmeters, capacitors, and resistors to investigate RC circuits.



REFLECTION
OF LIGHT

Use a plane mirror to investigate the relationships between object and image distances and angles of incidence and reflection.



REFRACTION
OF LIGHT

Use a refraction cell and a ray box to investigate Snell’s Law of Refraction, total internal reflection, and the critical angle of refraction.



SERIES AND
PARALLEL CIRCUITS

Use resistors, a power supply, a voltmeter, and an ammeter to investigate the effective resistances of circuits with resistors in series, in parallel, and in combinations of series and parallel components.



SIMPLE HARMONIC MOTION

Use a spring-mass system to investigate relationships between the spring constant, mass, amplitude of oscillation, and period of oscillation for a mass on a spring.



SPECIFIC HEAT
OF A METAL

Use a calorimeter to measure the specific heat of a metal.



SPEED OF SOUND

Use a resonance chamber to measure the wavelength of a sound wave, and determine an experimental value for the speed of sound in air.



WORK AND ENERGY USING AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

Use an electric motor and other equipment to investigate energy efficiency.



WORK AND MECHANICAL ENERGY

Use a laboratory cart to investigate the relationship between the work done on an object and the change in kinetic energy of the object.
 
     
 
 
 

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Funding for this project was provided under contract number ED-IES-11-C-0029 by the Institute of Education Sciences
in the U.S. Department of Education through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.