LABORATORY MANUAL
PHY120
ENGINEERING PHYSICS LABORATORY
2
TABLE OF CONTENTS
S. No. Title of the Experiment Page No.
1 An introduction to units, errors, different types of graphs and
measurement of length, mass and time.
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2 Determination of unknown capacitance using flashing and quenching
of neon bulb.
10  11
3 To find the coefficient of selfinductance of a coil by Anderson's
method.
12  14
4 To determine Hall Voltage and Hall Coefficient using Hall Effect. 15  17
5 To plot a graph between current and frequency in series and parallel
LCR circuit and find resonant frequency, quality factor and band
width.
18  20
6 To study the variation of magnetic field with the distance along the
axis of circular coil carrying current by plotting a graph.
21  22
7 To study the induced e.m.f. as the function of velocity of magnet. 23  25
8 To determine the refractive index of material of the prism by
calculating the angle of minimum deviation using spectrometer.
26  28
9 To study variation of angular acceleration with torque acting on the fly
wheel and also find out the moment of inertia of the flywheel.
29 30
10 Determination of acceleration due to gravity by compound pendulum. 31 34
Text Book:
LMPHY120.doc by Physics Dept. 1
st
Edition 2012
References:
B.Sc. Practical Physics by Arora C.L., S.Chand, 20
th
Edition (2007)
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Experiment 1.
Aim: An introduction to units, errors, different types of graphs and measurement of length,
mass and
time.
Equipment Required: Vernier callipers, screw gauge and multimeter
Learning objective:
(1) Students learn the use of Vernier caliper, screw gauge and multimeter
(ii) Students learn to plot linearlinear and semilog graphs
Introduction: The precision of length measurements may be increased by using a device that
uses a sliding vernier scale. Two such instruments (identify in the picture above) that are
based on a vernier scale which you will use in the laboratory to measure lengths of objects are
the vernier callipers and the micrometer screw gauge. These instruments have a main scale
(in millimetres) and a sliding or rotating vernier scale. A multimeter is an electronic
measuring instrument that combines several measurement functions in one unit. A typical
multimeter may include features such as the ability to measure (AC/DC) voltage & current,
resistance and testing of a diode.
Zero error occurs when the measuring instrument registered a reading when there should be
none.
Units.The measurement of the physical quantities should be done in the most convenient
unit e.g. mass of the body in grams, measurement using vernier calliper in cm, small
current in mA etc.All the measured quantity must be converted into SI unit while
tabulating.
Least count = (Value of one main scale division) / (Total no. divisions on the vernier
scale)Observed Reading=M.S. reading+ V.S. reading Note: find out the the least count of
the measuring instrument available in the lab e.g vernier calliper, screw gauge,
spectrometer, Michelson Interferometer, etc.
Procedure:
Part A (Measurement)
1. To find the density of the given material
You are given a rectangular block and you have to find the density of material of which the
rectangular block is made of. We know density(d) =[mass( kg)/volume ( m
3
)].
To find the volume of the rectangular block measure its length, width and height by vernier
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caliper. Take at least five readings of each dimension. Also remember to check and note in
your report sheet the zero error and least count of the vernier caliper you are using. Even
if zero error is zero entry should be recorded in your report sheet. Next measure the
mass of the rectangular block using a balance; take at least five readings. Also note zero
error and least count of the balance you use for finding the mass. Tabulate the data,
calculate the density along with the possible error.
Error in density(d)
d=m/V or d/d= (m/m)+ (V/V)
A graph is a straight or curved which shows the relative change between two quantities
out of which one varies as a result of change in the other. The quantities which is changed
at will is called independent variable while alter due to the change in the first is called
dependent variable. The point where the axes of independent and dependent variable meet
at right angle is called origin.
Following rule must be adopted while plotting a graph
1. Find the independent and dependent variables. Plot the independent variable along
Xaxis and the dependent variable along the Yaxis.
2. Determine the range of each variable and count the no of divisions available on the
graph to represent the each variable along the respective axes.
3. Choose a convenient scale for both variables .It is not necessary to have the same
scale for both.The scale should neither be too narrow nor too wide.It is preferable
that 10 divisions should be represent 1,2,5, or 10 or their multiples by any +ve or
ve power of 10. We must see that maximum portion of the graph paper is utilized
and the graph is well within it.
4. At least six observation extending over a wide range should be taken for plotting
the graph.
5. If the relation between the two variables begins from zero of if zero value of one of
one of the variables is to be found out, it is necessary to take origin as zero along
both the axes.
6. The origin need not always be represent by zero. Its value should be round number
less than the smallest given value of the independent or dependent variable.
7. It is not necessary to write all the values along the respective axes.
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8. Mark the point with a pencil. Draw a small circle or put a cross to indicate the
plotting point prominently.
9. Draw a smooth free hand curve through the plotted points. It is not necessary that
the curve should pass through every point leave as many points below it as there are
above it.
10. The title graph should be given boldly near the top of the graph paper.
11. It is always better to indicate the scale for both the variable at the top in the left or
right corner of the graph paper.
Linear graphs
Example 1
Let us consider the case of time period T of a simple pendulum which is written as
T = (2) (L/g)
1/2
(1)
L is the length of the pendulum while g is acceleration due to gravity. Eq. (1) can be re
written as
T
2
= (4
2
/g)L (2)
Eq. (2) is an equation of straight line with slope = (4
2
/g ) and intercept = 0
A student came up with the following data.
S.No T
(s)
L
(cm)
1 1.0 24.8
2 0.9 20.1
3 0.8 15.9
4 0.7 12.2
5 0.6 8.9
6 0.5 6.2
Find the value of g by graphical analysis.
How to draw the graph?
Step 1. From Eq. 2 we have to plot T
2
vs L so our table is (L should in meters)
S.No T
2
(s)
L x 10
2
(m)
1 1.0 24.8
2 0.81 20.1
3 0.64 15.9
4 0.49 12.2
5 0.36 8.9
6
6 0.25 6.2
Step 2. Choose a linear graph sheet which is linearly (normally in mm) graduated on both
X as well Y axis.
Step 3. Choose Yaxis for T
2
and Xaxis for L
Step 4. Max T
2
is 1 and min is 0.25; choose your scale so that you can mark 0.25 clearly.
Similarly choose scale for L on Xaxis.
Step 5. Mark the points on the graph with a sharp pencil
Step 6. Draw a straight line through the points so that maximum number of points are on/very
close to the line (Best fit we will not discuss presently)
Step 7. Find the slope from the graph and calculate g
Important:
(i) Give a title to the graph; in present case it will be T
2
Vs L for a simple pendulum.
(ii) Mark scales on the graph sheet; Xaxis 10mm = so many m and Yaxis 10mm= so
many seconds
(iii) Mark Xaxis and Yaxis with quantity (along with units) you are plotting
(iv)Calculate the slope and g on the graph sheet so that a graph is complete and one need
not to refer to the Lab Sheets.
Interpolation: From the graph you can find the L for T=0.44 (for example, within the
present data set)) even though there is no experimental data; this process is called
interpolation.
Extrapolation: One can extend the length of the line so that one can predict L for T =0.1s
or 2.5s (outside the present data set); this is called extrapolation.
Example 2. Change in the value g with the distance h (outside the earth) is given by
g
h
(value of g at a height h)= g(12h/R) where R is the radius of earth
Data from an experiment is given in the following table
S.No g
h
m/s
2
h
m
1 8.8 0.05R
2 7.8 0.10R
3 6.9 0.15R
4 5.9 0.20R
5 4.9 0.25R
6 3.9 0.30R
By graphical analysis find the value of g. Can you find out the value of R from the
graph?
Semilog graph
Radioactive decay is given by N(t) = N(0) e

, where N(t) are the observed counts at time t,
Calculate
Time t
s
No. of counts
1.0 905.0
2.0 820.0
3.0 735.0
7
4.0 670.0
5.0 600.0
6.0 550.0
N(t) = N(0) e

Or ln N(t) = ln N(o) 
Or 2.3log N(t) = 2.3 log N (0) 
Or log N(t) = log N(0) 
Plot of log N(t) with t is a straight line with log N(o) as intercept and 
one side is log so use a semi
Loglog graph
Planetary period T (in earth years) is related to its distance R( AU, astronomical units;
1AU is equal to average separation between earth and sun) by the relationship of the form
T = kR
n
Calculate k and n by graphical analysis from the following data
T = kR
n
or log T = log k + n log R
Plot of log T vs log R is a straight line with log k as intercept and n as slope. Since both sides
are in log form use loglog graph paper.
Error analysis
Measurement is basic to science. A measurement is meaningful only if the uncertainties
involved are specified. An operator X has to specify the uncertainty (error) in his final
result; the practice of comparing the result with standard value is unscientific as the
experimental conditions/instruments used to find out the standard value are different when
compared to those of X.
Please remember
The error in an experimentally
measured quantity is never
found by comparing it to
some number found in a book
or web page
These uncertainties do not include the blunders/mistakes of the person performing the
measurement. These errors are due to limitations of the measuring instruments (like zero
error, faulty calibration, error due to parallax, bias of the operator etc) and uncontrollable
changes in experimental parameters like temperature, pressure, voltage etc. The instrument
errors (systematic errors) are instrument specific, can be either +ve or ve and are constant in
nature. On the other hand errors due to changes in experimental parameters are random in
nature; can be both +ve as well as ve in a particular set of easements.
Estimation of systematic errors
There is no prescribed method to minimize systematic errors. An operator has to examine
various measuring instruments (scales, meters, etc) for zeroerrors (zero of a meter or vernier
caliper might have shifted), take readings so as to minimize parallax error and if possible
Name of the planet T in
Earth years
R in
Astronomical units
Mercury 0.39 0.24
Venus 0.72 0.62
Earth 1.00 1.00
Mars 1.52 1.88
Jupiter 5.20 11.86
Saturan 9.54 29.46
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check the calibration of the measuring instruments. Systematic errors cannot be minimized by
taking large number of measurement (Why?).
Estimation of random errors
Random errors are both +ve as well ve in a measurement cycle, can be handled by well
known statistical techniques. Two basic techniques are:
(i) Arithmetic Mean or simply mean = (X
1
+ X
2
+ X
3
+..+X
N
)/N= X
M
(ii) Standard deviation = {(1/N) [(X
1
X
M
)
2
+ (X
2
X
M
)
2
+ (X
3
X
M
)
2
+..+(X
N
X
M
)
2
}
1/2
It shows how much deviation there is from the "average" (mean). A low standard deviation
indicates that the data points tend to be very close to the mean. whereas high standard
deviation indicates that the data are spread out over a large range of values.
Propagation of random errors
If Z is a function of X and Y so that we have Z = F(X,Y). Error in X is X while for Y the
error is Y how to find error in Z (Z) { X and Y are independent that measurement in X does
not induce error in Y and vice versa; this is the case in most of your experiments.)
What will be Z in case Z = X Y ? The standard procedure is:
Contribution to the error Z due to X is given by (F/X) X [(F/X) is partial derivative
of F with respect to X treating Y as constant) while due to Y the contribution is (F/Y) Y.
Total Z is given by
Z = {(F/X)
2
(X)
2
+(F/Y)
2
(Y)
2
}
(1/2)
Example1. Z= X+Y
Z/X =1, Z/Y = 1 so Z = {(X)
2
+ (Y)
2
}
(1/2)
What will be Z in case Z = X Y ? What conclusion you arrive at from this example?
What will be Z in case Z =a X + Y/b ? where a and b are constants?
Example2. Z = XY
Z/X =Y, Z/Y =X Z = {Y
2
(X)
2
+X
2
(Y)
2
}
(1/2)
. This is absolute error in Z. Alternately
we can have Z/Z =Z/XY ={(X/X)
2
+ (Y/Y)
2
}
(1/2)
. This is relative error in Z and can be
expressed in terms of % by the relation (Z/Z) x 100.
Example3. Z = X/Y
Z/X = 1/Y, Z/Y = X/Y
2
Z ={(1/Y)
2
(X)
2
+[(X)
2
]/Y
4
(Y)
2
}
(1/2)
.
Which gives Z/Z ={(X/X)
2
+ (Y/Y)
2
}
(1/2)
.
The procedure outlined above can be used for functions with more than two independent
variables.
Significant figures
The final result of an experiment should be expressed [measured value] [estimated error]
units. If it is a single measurement like measurement of length your final result could be for
example, 10.280.05cm which means that the length could be from 10.33 to 10.23cm. All the
four digits in the result are important; your result has four significant digits. If the object
whose length was measured has breadth say 5.410.05cm (measured with the same scale used
for the measurement of length so that error is same). Area = (10.280.05cm) x (5.410.05cm).
(10.28) x (5.41) = 55.6148 and error in area = {(0.05)
2
+ (0.5)
2
}
1/2
= 0.070710678 (calculated
on CASIO 5VPAM). So our result will look like 55.61480.070710678 cm
2
. We know the
error in our length as well as breadth measurement is 0.05cm so the order of magnitude of the
error in area must be same which turns out to be 0.07cm when you carefully examine the final
result for area. Note that the error in area is more than that of length or breadth which is
expected(WHY?). So area = 55.61480.07cm
2
which means that area is expressed to 1/10000
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accuracy while error is only accurate to 1/100. Hence digits 4 and 8 have no significance in
the final result which is area = 55.610.07 cm
2
.
Errors in the measurement determine the number of significant digits one should use in the
final result
How to calculate errors in your Lab experiments
1. Check for zeroerrors in all your measuring instruments like scales, vernier calipers, screw
gauges, volt/amper meters etc and note them properly in your LAB Note Book= no rough
copy is to used in the LAB for recording of the data.
2. Check and record the least count of all the measuring instruments. Examine each
instrument carefully to determine the least count. For example a scale may be graduated so
that it has markers after every one mm; least count being 0.1cm. However, if the markers
are distant enough so that one can read to an accuracy of o.5mm the least count is 0.05cm.
Intelligent and careful use of the measuring instruments to get best out of these instruments is
the basic experimental skill. In real world you will never get ideal instruments.
3. Make the required measurements and record these measurements directly in your LAB
note book. Units of all the quantities you have entered in the note book should be mentioned.
4. Compute the result
5. Calculate the error by standard deviation technique.
6. Calculate the percentage error by partial differentiation technique
Learning outcomes : to be written by the student
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Experiment 2: To find the unknown capacitance of a capacitor using flashing and quenching
of neon bulb
Equipment Required: A condenser of unknown capacity, 3 condensers of known Capacity
(say 32F, 50 F, and 100 F), resistance of the order of few megaohm, a Neon flashing
bulb, stabilized DC power supply of 250V; one way keys.
Learning Objectives:
1. To learn about capacitance of a capacitor
2. To learn how capacitances behave in parallel combination
3. To learn a method to find unknown capacitance of a capacitor.
Theory: When the electrodes connected to a D.C source stray, electrons in the gas are
attracted towards the positive electrode. As voltage is increased, the speed of electrons also
increases and at particular voltage speed becomes high to ionize the gas so lamp begins to
conduct and glows. This voltage is known as flashing potential. When we place a capacitor in
parallel with lamp, due to conduction of lamp capacitor begins to discharge through it. It
continues to do this until quenching potential reached. When neon lamp ceases to conduct, the
capacitor then begins to charge again and whole process goes on repeatedly. The flashing and
quenching time can be determined by noting time taken by lamp for n consecutive flashes
and quenches. If t
1
is time taken by capacitor voltage to fall from V
1
to V
2
and t
2
is time for
voltage to rise from V
2
to V
1
, then V
2
= V
1
e ( t
1
/RC)
or t
1
= CR log
e
(V
2
/V
1
)
And V
2
= V
1
(1 e( t
2
/RC) )
or t
1
= CR log
e
(1  V
2
/V
1
)
T = t
1
+ t
2
= C [R log
e
(V
2
/V
1
) R log
e
(1  V
2
/V
1
)]
As R, V
1
and V
2
have constant fixed values, so we get T= k C where k is constant.
Circuit diagram:
Outline of the Procedure: (i) Draw the diagram and make the connections as in the fig.
Connect the condenser C1 in the circuit by inserting K1. Also insert the key K to connect
power supply and increase the voltage till neon lamp just begins to flash. As already
explained, the bulb starts flashing and quenching as it is connected in parallel with the
condenser. Note the flashing and quenching time for 20 flashes. Take out the key K so that the
power supply is disconnected.
(ii) Put in the key K4 for the circuit of unknown capacity C0.Since C1 and C
0
are in parallel
their capacities get added up and total capacity in parallel with the lamp is (C1 + C
0
). Again
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insert the key K and adjust the power supply voltage to previous value. Note the time for 20
flashes. Remove the key K1 and K4.
(iii) Now repeat the experiment with the capacity C2, C3 and with all the three known
capacitor connected together in parallel with Co. Scope of result expected: By Connecting the
condensers of known capacity in parallel with lamp and with unknown condenser, time t for
20 flashes with and without unknown capacitance can be obtained.
Observations and Calculations:
Parameters and Plots:
Quenching and Flashing Time without unknown capacitor: t
0
Quenching and Flashing Time with unknown capacitor: t
1
Plot two graphs between values of capacitance along xaxis and flashing and quenching time t
(without and with unknown capacitance) yaxis For three different values of flashing and
quenching time draw three straight lines parallel to xaxis cutting the two graphs at A and B,
C and D, E and F respectively
Learning outcomes : to be written by the student
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Experiment No. 3: To determine the coefficient of selfinductance of unknown coil by
Andersons method using a headphone.
Equipment Required: Inductance coil, Capacitor, Two variable resistances, Galvanometer,
headphone, audio oscillator
Learning Objectives:
(a).Balancing point of the Wheatstone bridge.
(b). Selfinductance of the unknown coil
(c). Unknown capacity of capacitor can be determined.
Outline of the Procedure:
 According to circuit diagram using a battery in place of A.C. Source and galvanometer
in place of headphone make the connections.
 Make Resistance P = Q
 Taking a suitable value of R adjust the value of S so as to get a null point. Note the
values of resistances P and R.
 Now replace the galvanometer by a headphone and battery by A.C. source you will
hear a sound in headphone.
 Reduce the sound to minimum or zero value by varying the variable resistance r by
keeping all other resistances constant out of which three are already constant. This is
the balance point for alternating current. Note the value of r for which sound in
minimum or zero.
 Note the value of capacitance marked on it. Repeat it three times by changing the
value of capacitance.
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Scope of the results expected:
The self inductance of unknown coil is  L. This experiment can be used to calculate
the unknown capacity of capacitor.
Parameters and Plots:
Capacitance C =
Resistance P = Q =
Resistance R =
Resistance r = (i) (ii) (iii)
Mean r =
Inductance L= CR (P+2r)
Cautions:
 Balancing point should be clearly noted.
 Sound should be reduced to minimum value or zero before noting balancing point.
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 The resistance used should be noninductive
Error analysis:
Probable error:
Probable error = Standard Error
=
Where S =
2
= n mean value of frequency
m is the number of readings taken.
S.NO. Inductance of coil
2
Percentage error:
%age error = (actual value measured value/ Actual value) * 100
Learning outcomes : to be written by the student
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Experiment No. 4:  To study Halleffect by using hall probe. (Germanium crystal).
Equipment Requirement: Hall probe, Gauss probe, Gauss meter, electromagnet, constant
current power supply, digital voltmeter.
Material used: Ge crystal
Learning objectives:
1. To understand the concept of hall effect in materials
2. To learn to measure magnetic field produced by electromagnets
3. To learn how hall effect can be applied to know type of semiconductor
Theory:  When a magnetic field is applied perpendicular to a current carrying conductor, a
voltage is developed in a specimen in a direction perpendicular to both the current and the
magnetic field. This phenomenon is called the Hall Effect. The voltage is so produced is
called hall voltage. When the charges flow, a magnetic field directed perpendicular to the
direction of flow produces a mutually perpendicular force on the charges. Consequently the
electrons and holes get separated by opposite forces and produce an electric field. , there by
setting up a potential difference between the ends of specimen. This is called hall potential.
Outline of Procedure:
1. Place the specimen at the centre between the pole pieces and exactly perpendicular to the
magnetic field.
2. Place the hall probe at the centre between the pole pieces, parallel to the semiconductor
sample and note the magnetic flux density from the guess meter keeping the current constant
through electromagnet.
3. Before taking the reading from the gauss meter ensure that gauss meter is showing zero
value. For this put the probe away the electromagnet and switch on the gauss meter and adjust
zero.
4. Do not change the current in the electromagnet for the first observation.
5. Vary the current in small increment. Note the current and the hall voltage.
6. For the 2nd observation keep the current constant through the specimen and vary the
current through electromagnet and note the hall voltage.
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7. Plot the graph between the hall voltage and the current through electromagnet.
Observations:
Current through the electromagnet = A(Constant)
Magnetic field (as measured by the Gaussmeter) =
Current through the specimen = mA(Constant)
S.
No
Current through
Electromagnet I
( in )
Voltmeter reading
Hall
Voltage,
V= V
H

V
H
with magnetic
field,V
H
without magnetic
field,V
H
1
Scope of Result:  The graph between the V
H
and I, V
H
and I is the straight line.
Parameters & Plots: 
The current density J = I / A
I = n E v A
The hall coefficient is given R
H
= V
H
b / IB,
where b = thickness of the specimen, V
H
= Hall Voltage, I = Current through the specimen, B =
Magnetic Field
The hall coefficient m
3 /
C
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Caution:
1. The hall probe should be placed at the centre of the electromagnet.
2. The specimen should be placed at the centre of the electromagnet.
3. Zero should be ensured in the gauss meter before placing the hall probe between the centre of
electromagnet.
Learning outcomes : to be written by the student
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Experiment No. 4 To plot a graph between current and frequency in LCR series and parallel
circuit and find resonant frequency, quality factor and band width.
Equipment Required An audiofrequency oscillator (range 10 Hz to 10 kHz), an inductance coil,
variable capacitors, variable resistors, a noninductive resistance box, ac milliammeter, ac
voltmeter, connecting wires etc.
Material Required: NA
Learning Objective  To experimentally study LCR series and parallel circuit.
2. To find the quality factor and resonant frequency.
3. Also calculate bandwidth from the graph.
4. Be able to explain why LCR series circuit is called acceptor and LCR parallel circuit is called
rejector circuit.
Circuit diagram:
Fig: Series LCR Circuit Fig: Parallel LCR Circuit
Procedure: 1. Connect the LCR (series/parallel) circuit.
2. With output voltage of the oscillator kept constant throughout the experiment vary the value of
A.F. and measure the corresponding value of current in millammeter for each observation.
3. Repeat the experiment for two more different values of R.
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4. Plot a graph between current (y axis) and frequency (x axis).
Observations:
Resistance R =
Capacitance C =
Inductance L =
Output voltage of audio oscillator = Input voltage for LCR Circuit , E
v
=
S. No Frequency (in ) Current in the circuit (in mA) for
R
1
R
2
R
3
Current at resonance from the graph for
(i) R
1
=
(ii) R
2
=
(iii) R
3
=
Calculated value of current at resonance for
(i) R
1
= Ev
/R
1
(ii) R
2
= Ev
/R
2
(iii) R
3
= E
V
/R
3
Resonant frequency,
r
= 1/(2 LC )
Resonant frequency,
r
(graphically) =
Quality Factor
Maximum value of current at resonance I
r
=
Corresponding Frequency
r
=
0.707 I
r
=
Corresponding value of frequency
below
r
,
1
=
above
r
,
2
=
Band Width =
2

1
=
Quality Factor, Q = 2


.

\

1 2
v v
v
r
Calculated value of Q from inductance L = (
r
L)/R =
R
L
r
v H 2
Calculated value of Q from inductance L =
R
C
r
) / 1 ( e
=
r
CRv H 2
1
Parallel Circuit
S. No Frequency (in ) Current in the circuit (in mA) for
R
1
R
2
R
3
Current at (anti) resonance from the graph for
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(i) R
1
=
C R
L
1
=
(ii) R
2
=
C R
L
2
=
Impedance at resonance Z =
Calculated value of current at (anti) resonance for
(i) R
1
= Ev
/Z =
L
C R E
v 1
(ii) R
2
= Ev
/Z =
L
C R E
v 2
Anti Resonant frequency,
r
(graphically) =
Calculated value for R
1
=
H 2
1


.

\

2
2
1
1
L
R
LC
Calculated value for R
2
=
H 2
1


.

\

2
2
2
1
L
R
LC
Plots and parameters:
Current vs. frequency
Scope of the Result
Graph between current and frequency will be Gaussian.
Resonant frequency, quality factor and band width can be calculated from the graph.
Cautions
 If the amplitude of the output voltage of the oscillator changes with frequency, it must
be adjusted.
 The values of inductance and capacitance are so selected that the natural frequency of
the circuit lies almost in the middle of the available frequency range.
Learning outcomes : to be written by the student
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Experiment No. 6 : To study the variation of magnetic field with the distance along the axis of
circular coil carrying current by plotting a graph. (Using Stewart and Gees apparatus.)
Equipments required: Stewart and Gees type tangent galvanometer, a battery, a rheostat, an
ammeter, a oneway key, a reversing key, connecting wires.
Material Used: NA
Learning Objectives:
1. To understand the working of Tangent Galvanometer using Tangent Law.
2. To study the direction and magnitude of the magnetic field around the coil.
Circuit Diagram
Procedure:
1. Place the instrument in such a way that the arms of the magnetometer lie roughly east and west
and the magnetic needle lies at the centre of the vertical coil. Place the eye a little above the
coil and rotate the instrument in the horizontal plane till the coil, the needle and its image in
the mirror provided at the base of the compass box, all lie in same vertical plane. The coil is
thus set roughly in the magnetic meridian. Rotate the compass box so that the pointer lies on
the 00 line.
2. Connect the galvanometer to a battery, rheostat, one way key and an ammeter through a
reversing key.
3. Adjust the value of the current so that the magnetometer gives a deflection of the order of 60
70
0
degrees. Reverse the current and note the deflection again.
4. Now slide the magnetometer along the axis and find the position where the maximum
deflection is obtained.
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5. Note the position of arm against the reference mark and also the value of current. Read both
ends of the pointer in the magnetometer, reverse the current and again read both ends. Now
shift the magnetometer by 2 cm and note the reading again. Record a number of observations.
6. Similarly repeat the observation by shifting the magnetometer in the opposite direction and
keeping the current constant at the same value.
Observations.
Least count of the magnetometer =
Current I =
S. No Distance from
the centre,x
(in )
Left Side Mean tan Right Side Mean tan
Direct Reversed Direct Reversed
Scope of the result to be reported
Plots & Parameters: Plot a graph between tan and x, where is the deflection produced in a
deflection magnetometer and x is the distance from the centre of the coil.
The intensity of magnetic field varies with distance from the centre of coil, the graph
can be plotted and variation can be known. The intensity of magnetic field is maximum at the
centre and goes on decreasing as we move away from the centre of the coil towards right or left.
The value of magnetic field at the centre of coil and radius of coil can also be
determined from this experiment. A graph showing the relation between B and the distance x is
plotted. The curve is first concave towards O and then afterwards becomes convex. Then the
points where the curve changes its nature are called the point of inflection. The distance between
the two points of inflexion is equal to the radius of the circular coil.
Cautions:
1. There should be no magnet, magnetic substances and current carrying conductor near the
apparatus.
2. The plane of the coil should be set in the magnetic medium.
3. The current should remain constant and should be reversed for each observation.
Learning outcomes : to be written by the student
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Experiment No. 7: To Study the induced e.m.f. as function velocity of the magnet.
Equipment Required: A small permanent magnet mounted at the middle of a semicircular arc, a
coil consisting of number of turns, two weights, stopwatch, capacitor, diode, resistance, voltmeter
Material Required: A small strong permanent magnet, a stopwatch
Learning Objectives:
 T o know about Electromagnetic induction
 To learn how to measure Induced e.m.f
 To know the dependence of the magnitude of induced e.m.f on the velocity of the magnet.
Outline of the Procedure:
 Mount the magnet at the middle point of the semicircular arc and suspend the rigid
aluminium frame from its centre so that whole frame can oscillate freely through the coil.
 Adjust the position of two weights on the diameter arm of the arc to have minimum time
period.
 Connect the terminals of the coil to the diode circuit for measuring the peak value of
induced e.m.f.
 Note time for about 20 oscillations with an amplitude of about say 20cm and respective
peak voltage.
 Repeat thrice keeping the amplitude same and find the time period. Also note the peak
voltage each time.
 Repeat the experiment after changing the amplitude and take 810 readings.
 Now change the time period by adjusting the position of the weights on the diameter arm.
Take about three readings at this position.
 Repeat the experiment after changing the timeperiod and take 810 readings.
Scope of the results expected: This experiment will help in understanding the nature and polarity
of induced e.m.f. One can apply the acquired knowledge to see the dependence of induced e.m.f.
on velocity of magnet w.r.t. the pickup coil.
Parameters and Plots:
(A) Time period constant, amplitude variable:
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Mean position of the centre of the magnet= cm.
Radius of the semicircular arc R
0
= cm.
Sr.No. Amplitude
a = R
0
0
Time for 20
Oscillations
Mean time
period(T)
e
o
e
o
/a= e
o
/ R
0
0
Linear velocity
v = (2/T) R
0
0
1
.
.
.
(i)
(ii)
(iii)
Mean
2
(B) Amplitude constant, time period variable:
Sr.No. Amplitude
a = R
0
0
Time for 20
Oscillations
Mean time
period(T)
e
o
e
o
T Linear velocity
v = (2/T) R
0
0
1
(i)
(ii)
(iii)
Mean
Model Plot:
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Cautions:
 The semi circular frame should oscillate freely as a whole on the knife edge.
 The magnet should pass freely through the coils..
 The magnet should be small and should be mounted at the middle of the semi circular arc.
Learning outcomes : to be written by the student
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Experiment No. 8:
AIM: To measure the refractive index of given material by using spectrometer.
Equipment required:
a) Mercury lamp (as source of white light)
b) Spectrometer
c) Prism
d) Spirit level
e) Magnifying Lens
d) Torch
Leaning Objective:
1. To study the spectrum of white light using glass prism.
2. To find out angle of minimum deviation and refractive index of given material for
different colour of light.
3. Plot the graph between refractive index and wavelength of different colours of light.
Circuit diagram: NA
Outline of Procedure:
(1) First the telescope has to be focussed distant objects i.e. infinity and
this has to be maintained until the experiment is over, so as not to refocus
again. Then, the crosswires should be focussed by moving the eyepiece of
the telescope.
(2) Adjust the Collimator such that the image seen in the telescope is sharp
of the slit without the prism.
(3) Measuring the Angle of Prism A: Place the prism on the Prism Table
and lock the prism table in the position so the the incident beam falls on one
of the edges of the prism. Now, move the telescope and locate the images
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of the slit and note down the angles. The difference between both the angles is 2A.
Hence, half of the difference will give us A. Angle of prism can also be calculated as
A = 2i Dm
(4) Place the prism with the centre coinciding with the centre of the prism table and set it
approximately in the position of minimum deviation, so that light falls on the face AB
and emerges out from the face AC as shown
(5) Turn the telescope to receive the emergent light and adjust its position, so that the
image of the slit is formed on the crosswire. Clamp the telescope and note its reading
on both vernier V1 and V
2
(6) Now turn the telescope to receive the reflected light from the face AB as shown.
Adjust the position of telescope till the image of the slit falls on the vertical crosswire.
Clamp it and note the reading on both the verniers.
(7) Bring the telescope back to receive the deviated ray. Turn the prism table without
disturbing the circular scale in the clockwise direction so that the deviated ray is
displaced by about one degree. Adjust the telescope so that the image is formed on
vertical crosswire again. Note the reading on both the vernier scales.
(8) Turn the telescope again to receive the reflected light from the face AB. Make the
necessary adjustments and note the reading on both the vernier scales.
(9) Turn the table in clockwise direction again and take three or four observations as
explained.
(10) Rotate the prism table back to its starting position so that the prism is again in the
minimum deviation position approximately.
(11) Remove the prism and turn the telescope so that the direct light is received and the
image of slit falls on the vertical cross wire. Note the reading of both the verniers.
Plot and parameters:
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R1one particular line of the spectrum at the position of minimum deviation
R2the reflected ray coming from the prism
R3the image of the slit without the prism on the prism table
Angle of minimum deviation Dm = R1  R3
Angle of incidence for minimum deviation i = 90(R
2
R
3
)
Angle of prism can also be calculated as A = 2i Dm
Refractive index is =sin i /sin (A/2)
For example
Calculate the refractive index for other colours of the light spectrum and plot the graph
between refractive index and wavelength of different colour of light.
Cautions.
It must be ensured that the light rays coming out of collimator are parallel.
Hence, the collimator must be focussed properly before the experiment.
The plane on which the prism rests must be horizontal
The slit must be as thin as possible in order to avoid diffraction
Learning outcomes : to be written by the student
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Experiment No.9: To study variation of angular acceleration with torque acting on the
flywheel and find out the moment of inertia of the flywheel
Learning Objectives:
1. Learn to Measure the angular acceleration , torque and hence moment of
inertia of the flywheel.
2. Learn to aware of the limitations in an experiment and devise method to solve the
problems.
3. Learn to handle error estimation using sum of percent errors.
Apparatus Used: A fly wheel, slotted mass with hanger (50gm each), a strong and thin
string or fine cord, stop watch, meter rule or measuring tape and vernier callipers.
Diagram:
You will attach a mass to the axle of the flywheel and let fall. By measuring suitable
quantities, angular acceleration, torque and the moment of inertia of the flywheel can be
estimated.
Procedure:
1. Examine the wheel and see that there is the least possible friction.
2. Measure the diameter of the axle with vernier calipers at different points and find
the mean.
3. Take a strong and thin string whose length is less than the height of the axle from
the floor. Make a loop at its one end and slip it on the pin A on the axle. Tie a
suitable mass to the other end of the string. Suspend the mass by means of the
string so that the loop is just on the point of slipping from the pin A. Note the
position of the lower surface of the mass m on a scale fixed behind on the wall.
4. Now rotate the wheel and wrap the string uniformly round the axle so that mass is
slightly below the rim of the wheel. Count the number of turns wound the axle and
let it is n. The wheel will thus make n revolutions before the thread detached.
5. With the help of stopwatch note the time taken by the mass to descend through a
height h
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6. Repeat step5 keeping m constant and varying the number of turns n. Take 67
readings.
7. Again repeat step5 keeping the number of turns n constant and varying the mass
m. Take atleast 6 observations with different values of m. Repeat each observation
thrice and calculate the average time taken in each observation.
Scope of the result expected:
The student will learn about torque, angular acceleration produced due to torque and hence
physical importance of the moment of inertia of circular bodies like wheels.
Parameter and Plots:
 Calculate Vernier constant of vernier calliper
 Calculate the radius of the axle
To find angular acceleration:
Angular acceleration of the fly wheel can be calculated by calculating the time as given in
step 5 and 6. Hence draw a graph between n and t2. Slope of this graph gives us the value of
angular acceleration.
To find out torque acting on the flywheel:
Suppose the mass m, when released, starts moving downward with acceleration . Let T
be the tension in the string. Then the torque acting on the string can be calculated by using
these parameter.
To find out moment of inertia:
Plot a graph between angular acceleration along Xaxis and torque along Yaxis.
When we plot a graph between torque and angular acceleration, then slope of the straight
line gives the moment of the inertia. Also by using the values of torque and angular
acceleration, moment of inertia can be calculated.
Cautions:
1. Mass of string can be taken into account for better results.
2. Stop watch should be started and stopped with accuracy to avoid any kind of time
interval measurement error.
Learning outcomes : to be written by the student in 5070 words
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Experiment No. 10: Determination of the acceleration due to gravity (g) by using a
compound pendulum.
Aim: To plot graph between distance of knife edges from the center of gravity and the time
period of a compound pendulum and to determine acceleration due to gravity (g) using the
graph.
Learning Objectives:
1. The student will know about the Centre of Gravity and acceleration due to gravity, radius
of gyration and moment of inertia.
2. The student will learn the method to find the Centre of Gravity of the bar pendulum and
determine its acceleration due to gravity.
3. The students will also learn how to determine the radius of gyration and the moment of
inertia of the bar pendulum.
4. The students will also learn how to plot a graph between time period and distance of knife
edges from the centre of gravity.
5. The skill of handing the apparatus will also be inculcated in the student by using the
telescope and stop watch.
Equipment Required:
Bar Pendulum, Small metal wedge, Spirit level, Telescope, Stop watch, Meter rod, Graph
paper
Theory:
A bar pendulum is the simplest form of compound pendulum. It is in the form of a rectangular
bar (with its length much larger than the breadth and the thickness) with holes (for fixing the
knife edges) drilled along its length at equal separation. Two knifeedges are placed
symmetrically with respect to C.G as at A and B. The time period of the compound pendulum
about a horizontal axis through Centre of Oscillation is the same as about Centre of
Suspension, given by the formula:
Where L is the length of an Equivalent Bar pendulum
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Procedure:
1. Balance the bar on a sharp wedge and mark the position of its C.G. Also mark one side of
the bar of C.G. as A and other side as B.
2. Fix the knife edges in the outermost holes at either end of the bar pendulum. The knife
edges should be horizontal and lie symmetrically with respect to centre of gravity of the
bar, so that the sharp edge points towards the centre of gravity.
3. Place a spirit level on the glass plates fixed on the bracket in the wall meant for suspending
the pendulum and see that the upper surfaces of the glass plates are at the same level.
4. Suspend the pendulum from the knifeedge on the side A so that the knife edge is
perpendicular to the edge of the slot and the pendulum is hanging parallel to the wall.
5. Adjust the eyepiece of the telescope so that the cross wires are clearly visible through it.
Focus the telescope on the lower end of the bar and put a reference mark on the wall
behind the bar to denote its equilibrium position.
6. Set the pendulum into vibration with small amplitude of about 5 and allow it to make a few
vibrations so that these become regular. Make sure that there is no air current in the vicinity
of the pendulum.
7. Look through the telescope and when the image of the reference mark is passed by the bar,
start the stop watch and count zero. Count one when the pendulum is passing through the
same position in the same direction and so on. Note the time taken for 20 vibrations.
Repeat again and take the mean.
8. Measure the distance between the C.G. and the inner edge of the knife edge.
9. Now suspend it on the knifeedge on the side B and repeat the observations.
10. Repeat the observations with the knifeedges in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc. holes on either side
of the centre of gravity.
Note: See that the knife edges are always placed symmetrically with respect to C.G.
Observations:
S.No. Side A Side B
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Time for 20
Vibrations
Time
Period t
(Mean/20)
Distance
from
C.G.
Time for 20
vibrations
Time
Period t
(Mean/20)
Distance
from
C.G. 1 2 Mean 1 2 Mean
1.
2.
3.
To Plot the graph:
1. Take the Yaxis in the middle of the graph paper .Represent the distance from the C.G.
along the Xaxis and the TimePeriod along the Y axis.
2. Plot the distance on the side A to the right and the distance on the side B to the left of the
origin.
3. Draw smooth curves on the either side of the Yaxis passing through the plotted points
taking care that the two curves are exactly symmetrical as shown in graph.
To find the value of g:
1. Draw two lines parallel to the Xaxis cutting the curves at the points CAGBD and
C`A`G`B`D` respectively (from A side to B side). Also draw the line MON touching
the two portions of the graph at M and N respectively.
2. Select points like C and B, A and D etc on the graph on the two sides of the C.G., not
equidistant from it, having the same time period. Measure the distance AD and CB.
3. Similarly measure the distance A`D` and C`B`.
4. Similarly more lines can be drawn parallel to the xaxis.
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Calculations:
For the line CAGBD, L
1
= (AD + CB)/2 = ........ cm
t
1
(Time period for line CAGBD) = ...... sec.
For the line CAGBD, L
2
= (A`D` + C`B`) /2 = ........ cm.
t
2
(Time period for line C`A`G`B`D`) = ....... sec.
Similarly calculate L
3
, L
4
and so on for other lines on the graph and corresponding t
3
, t
4
Find the mean of all lengths and time periods, using
L = (L
1
+L
2
+ L
3
)/3 and t = (t
1
+t
2
+ t
3
)/3
And hence find L/t
2
= .......
Now, Calculate g using the formula
Error Analysis:
Actual value of g is 9.8 m/s
2
Cautions:
1. The knife edges should be horizontal and the bar pendulum parallel to the wall.
2. Amplitude should be small.
3. The time period should be noted after the pendulum has made a few vibrations and the
vibrations have become regular.
4. The two knifeedges should always lie symmetrically with respect to the C.G.
5. The distance should be measured from the knifeedges.
6. The graph drawn should be a free hand curve.
Learning outcomes: To be written by the students in 5070 words.