Universal 550 Physics Experiment Manual

Product Code: UI-5831


In this parallel resistor experiment, the 550 Universal Interface is used as the DC power supply and is used to measure the output voltage and the voltage across the resistors. The Wireless Current Sensor Module is used in-line in the circuit to measure the current in each loop.


This complete manual is included with the 550 Universal Physics System (UI-5830). Each experiment consists of student instructions in a Word® document that the instructor can modify as they like, a PASCO Capstone setup file ready for data collection, a Capstone file with sample data, and all the lab equipment required for the experiment. All of this content is provided on a flash drive.


  1. Introduction to Measurement
  2. Uncertainty and Error Analysis
  3. MatchGraph: Position and Velocity vs. Time
  4. Instantaneous and Average Speed
  5. Constant Acceleration: Graph P, V, A for a Fan Cart
  6. Equations of Motion
  7. Acceleration of a Freely Falling Ball
  8. Acceleration of a Freely Falling Picket Fence
  9. Constant Acceleration: Graph P, V, A for a Cart on Incline
  10. Projectile Motion
  11. Newton’s First Law – No Net Force
  12. Newton’s Second Law – Acceleration
  13. Newton’s Second Law – Force and Acceleration
  14. Newton’s Second Law – Push-Pull a Cart
  15. Newton’s Third Law – Tug-of-War
  16. Newton’s Laws – Net Force
  17. Newton’s Second Law – Atwood’s Machine
  18. Friction and Newton’s Second Law
  19. Centripetal Acceleration
  20. Conservation of Energy – Cart on an Inclined Plane
  21. Conservation of Energy for a Simple Pendulum 22. Hooke’s Law and Elastic Potential Energy
  22. Work-Energy Theorem: Compare W to ΔE
  23. Conservation of Momentum and KE in Collisions
  24. Impulse and Change in Momentum
  25. Ballistic Pendulum
  26. Newton’s Second Law for Rotation
  27. Rotational Inertia
  28. Rotational Kinetic Energy
  29. Conservation of Angular Momentum
  30. Simple Harmonic Motion – Mass on a Spring
  31. Oscillations of Cart and Springs
  32. Physical Pendulum
  33. Period of a Large Amplitude Pendulum
  34. Archimedes’ Principle – Buoyant Force
  35. Heat and Temperature
  36. Transfer of Energy by Radiation
  37. Specific Heat
  38. Boyle’s Law: P and V of a Gas at Constant T
  39. Behavior and Characteristics of Sound Waves
  40. Resonant Modes of Sound in a Tube
  41. Speed of Sound in Air 43. Superposition of Sound Waves
  42. Interference of Sound Waves
  43. Object and Image Distances for a Thin Lens
  44. Reflection and Refraction
  45. Focal Length of a Concave Mirror
  46. Optical Instruments: Telescope and Microscope
  47. Variation of Light Intensity
  48. Light Intensity vs. Distance
  49. Polarization: Verify Malus’ Law
  50. Brewster’s Angle
  51. Diffraction of Light
  52. Electrostatic Charges
  53. Electric Field Mapping
  54. Ohm’s Law
  55. Series and Parallel Circuits
  56. Kirchhoff’s Laws
  57. RC Circuit
  58. General Properties of Diodes
  59. Magnetic Field Mapping
  60. Induction – Magnet Through a Coil