850 Comprehensive Physics System

Product Code: UI-5800D


A complete set of physics labs and equipment designed for use with the 850 Universal Interface and PASCO Capstone software.

The 850 Comprehensive Physics System consists of 83 experiments and all the equipment and sensors needed to perform these experiments. The experiments span the topics of mechanics,
waves, optics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism (see below for a complete list of experiments). The equipment and sensor bundles for the three subject areas are shown in the above images. For full details on any of the three component bundles (Mechanics, Waves, Optics, and Thermodynamics, or Electromagnetism) click on the links in the Includes section.

The included experiment manual contains instructions written in Word®, a PASCO Capstone electronic workbook, and sample data.

The key to a successful lab is a PASCO Capstone electronic workbook. These workbooks have step-by-step instructions with live embedded displays such as graphs, FFTs, oscilloscopes, and meters. They contain the theory, experiment set-up, procedure, data analysis, and questions designed to get the students to think about their results.

These electronic workbooks can be easily modified by teachers to fit their individual needs.


Any or all of the experiment files can be downloaded for free from the Experiment Manual (UI-5813) page.

Note: This product includes a conductive ink pen, which has a 6 month shelf life and and is not refillable. For longest life, store the pen in a refrigerator when not in use.



Mechanics (49 Experiments)

  1. Introduction to Measurement
  2. Uncertainty and Error Analysis
  3. Relative Motion
  4. Match Graph-Position and Velocity vs. time
  5. Instantaneous and Average Speed
  6. Position and Velocity
  7. Acceleration
    • Constant Acceleration: Graph P, V, A for a Fan Cart
    • Constant Velocity and Constant Acceleration
  8. Equations of Motion
  9. Acceleration Due to Gravity
  10. Acceleration of a Freely Falling Picket Fence
  11. Constant Acceleration: Graph P, V, A for a Cart on Incline
  12. Projectile Motion
  13. Projectile Motion-Against Wall
  14. Newton’s First Law – No Net Force
  15. Newton’s Second Law – Acceleration
  16. Newton’s Second Law – Force & Acceleration
  17. Newton’s Second Law – Push-Pull a Cart
  18. Newton’s Third Law – Tug-of-War
  19. Newton’s Laws – Net Force
  20. Newton’s Second Law – Atwood’s Machine
  21. Newton’s Second Law –Acceleration on an Inclined Plane
  22. Static Equilibrium
  23. Coefficients of Static and Sliding Friction
  24. Friction & Newton’s Second Law
  25. Magnetic Drag
    • Magnetic Drag Part 1
    • Magnetic Drag Part 2
  26. Air Drag
  27. Centripetal Force on a Pendulum
  28. Conservation of Energy – Cart on an Inclined Plane
  29. Gravitational Potential Energy
  30. Conservation of Energy for a Simple Pendulum
  31. Hooke’s Law and Elastic Potential Energy
  32. Work-Energy Theorem: Compare W to ΔE
  33. Conservation of Momentum and KE in Collisions
  34. Impulse and Change in Momentum
  35. Ballistic Pendulum
  36. Newton’s 2nd Law for Rotation
  37. Rotational Inertia
  38. Rotational Kinetic Energy
  39. Conservation of Angular Momentum
  40. Static Equilibrium of a Rigid Body
  41. Oscillations: Springs in Series and Parallel
  42. Oscillations of Cart and Springs
  43. Equations of Motion for Oscillations
  44. Driven Harmonic Motion – Mass on a Spring
  45. Physical Pendulum
  46. Period of a Large Amplitude Pendulum
  47. Variable-g Pendulum
  48. Advanced Oscillations
  49. Archimedes’ Principle – Buoyant Force

Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics  (22 Experiments)

  1. Heat and Temperature
  2. Transfer of Energy by Radiation
  3. Specific Heat
  4. Electrical Equivalent of Heat
  5. Boyle’s Law: P and V of a Gas at Constant T
  6. Absolute Zero
  7. Behavior and Characteristics of Sound Waves
  8. Standing Waves on a String
  9. Resonant Modes of Sound in a Tube
  10. Speed of Sound in Air
  11. Superposition of Sound Waves
  12. Interference of Sound Waves
  13. Shadow and Color in Light
  14. Object and Image Distances for a Thin Lens
  15. Light Properties
    • Reflection
    • Refraction
    • Dispersion
  16. Focal Length of a Concave Mirror
  17. Optical Instruments: Telescope and Microscope
  18. Variation of Light Intensity
  19. Light Intensity versus Distance
  20. Polarization: Verify Malus’ Law
  21. Brewster’s Angle
  22. Diffraction of Light

Electromagnetism  (16 Experiments)

  1. Electrostatic Charges
  2. Electric Field Mapping
  3. Ohm’s Law
  4. Series Parallel Circuits
  5. Kirchhoff’s Laws: Resistors in Series and Parallel
  6. Capacitance
  7. RC Circuit
  8. LRC Series Circuits & Resonance
  9. General Properties of Diodes
  10. Build a Rectifier
  11. Transistor 1 – The NPN Transistor as a Digital Switch
  12. Transistor 2 – Measure the Current Gain
  13. Earth’s Magnetic Field
  14. Magnetic Field Mapping
  15. Induction – Magnet Through a Coil
  16. Magnetic Field in a Current-Carrying Coil

Support Documents

Basic Electrostatics System Manual English 2.80 MB