Junior Independent Study Lab

Junior Independent Study Lab

The Junior Independent Study (I.S.) lab is used for experiments done in Physics 401: Junior Independent Study. Junior I.S. is a full course that integrates a laboratory experience in thermal, electricity and magnetism, optics, and mechanics while developing the student's writing and analysis skills, literature searching ability, and problem solving strategies. While designed to prepare the students for their required senior research project, Junior I.S. also challenges the students via experimental situations, numerical simulations, and computer-based data acquisition and analysis using LabVIEW and Igor software.

Experiment List

Electricity and Magnetism and Solid State Physics

  • Current Balance
  • Hall Effect
  • Coulomb Balance
  • Chaos in a driven, nonlinear, electrical oscillator


  • Rotational Viscous Drag
  • Physical Pendulum and Damping
  • Conservation of Angular Momentum
  • Chaos in a Mechanical Oscillator
  • Cavendish's Experimental Measure of G

Optics and Quantum Mechanics

  • Light Scattering by Surface Tension Waves
  • Holography

Thermal Physics

  • Thermal Conductivity
  • Superconductivity
  • Stefan Boltzmann Law
  • Photon Correlation Spectroscopy of Micelles