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Testing General physics lab exams?

  1. Jan 26, 2007 #1
    Hello all,

    Do you have exams for physics labs?

    How is the exam done? Theoretical or experimental?

    Thank you
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  3. Jan 26, 2007 #2
    Probably the thing to ask a professor who teaches such a course.
  4. Jan 26, 2007 #3
    Thank you Bitter.
    I want to know the rules at different universities.

    I teach physics labs and we have a final experimental exam which includes the same experiments done during the semester. I don't agree completely with this way of examining and wanted to see how other universities examine.
  5. Jan 26, 2007 #4


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    My exams for the labs where a mix of both. We where given problems, where we had to compute the numerical answer by applying the various theories we had learned. Then we would set up experiments based on the questions. I prefer this method as opposed to just replicating prior experiments.
  6. Jan 26, 2007 #5
    We had a practical exam too. An earlier experiment had us examine elastic and inelastic collisions with known masses. The exam had us do the same thing but with unknown mass. I don't remember the details really since it was a long time ago.
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