CSU Physics Lab Units

Smart Science® labs bring you real experiments instead of simulations. They require students to take their own individual data point by point instead of handing it to them.

Power science learning with online science labs that uniquely provide a true science experience.

Online Activity Labs: Topics:
Pendulums and Energy
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Real lab. Track pendulum bob at 100 ms intervals to estimate kinetic and potential energy at each point.
Elastic Collisions, Mass
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Real lab. Track air track gliders colliding and bouncing with little energy loss using different masses and speeds.
Mass of Falling Objects
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Real lab. Measure distance-time graphs for various objects dropped from pier.
Atwood Machine
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Real lab. Traditional Atwood experiment evaluating acceleration from varying unbalanced forces on known total masses.
Projectiles and Energy
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Real lab. Track projectile launched on beach at 100 ms intervals to estimate kinetic and potential energy at each point.
Sliding Masses
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Real lab. Follow different objects sliding down ramp at different angles to estimate frictional and/or study forces on ramps.
Friction and Motion
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Real lab. Follow motion of standard sliding block with different surfaces and different masses accelerated by hanging weights.
Inelastic Collisions, Mass
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Real lab. Track air track gliders colliding and sticking using different masses and speeds.
Specific Heat
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Real lab. Students measure temperature change in a calorimeter as heat is electrically added to different liquids.
Brownian Motion and Temperature
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Real lab. Track micro-beads in microscopic video at different temperatures: dry ice, room, and hot water temperatures.
Heat Conduction in Solids
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Real lab. Track color change in attached liquid crystal strip as heat is conducted up from boiling water in various half-inch diameter rods.
Photoelectric Effect
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Real lab. Uses LEDs to provide light for phototube. Students follow current as applied voltage changes.
Wavelength and Speed
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Real lab. Uses wave tank to show different frequency waves moving. Measure speed and wavelength.
Pitch of Sounds
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Real lab. Each sound is heard and seen on an oscilloscope. Measure wavelength.
Pulleys
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Real lab. Spring scale measures force with varying weight using different arrangements of pulleys.
Buoyancy
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Real lab. Small container in cylinder of different liquids is followed as equal quantities of shot are added.
Changing Graphs
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Real lab. Great introduction to Smart Science labs and review of graphing principles. Create distance-time graphs of person changing velocity in one-dimensional motion.