Weaving Undergraduate Research into the Laboratory Curriculum

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dr. William Brandon, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library

Abstract: Low-to-intermediate undergraduate research projects are modified and woven into UNCP standard laboratory curriculum. The lab activities described involve straightforward commercial hardware and software integration. In particular, the Science Workshop (SW) interface/software coupled with a soundcard/freeware or a regulated power supply in addition to other simple components lead to interesting variations in standard laboratory activities. One approach integrates the standard PC soundcard/freeware with the SW interface/software in constructing a variety of automated low frequency spectrum analyzers to investigate transient effects on resonances associated with driven oscillators, both mechanical and electrical, in addition to vibrating strings and cantilevers. The other approach combines a regulated power supply with the (SW) interface/software in an automated LED optimization apparatus providing an accurate method of extracting Planck’s constant from most light emitting diodes in undergraduate lab activities— providing a more consistent methodology, to our knowledge, than any previous method described in the literature.

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University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Language: English
Date: 2011
Physics, Undergraduate Research Projects, Laboratory Curriculum, Laboratory Activities, Pasco's Science Workshop Software

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