PHYS 1115L – General Physics I Lab

PHYS 1115L - General Physics I Lab

Course Description

Laboratory work and experiments related to topics studied in Physics 1115.

Lab Topics

  • Intro and Statistics
  • Motion
  • Measure g
  • Projectile Motion
  • Vector Addition
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Centripetal Force
  • Friction Formal
  • Hooke’s Law
  • Conservation of p&E

Course Materials

Dates: May 26 – Jul 1, 2025

Department: Physics

Course:  PHYS 1115L

Credit Hours:  1


Physics 1115, 1116 or equivalent.


NS Natural Sciences requirement

IID Laboratory Science requirement
(when taken with corresponding course PHYS 1115)

The above requirements are from the Randolph College general education program.  Check with your home institution to see if this course fulfills your requirements.

Tuition & Fees:

$750 tuition
$75 laboratory fee

Textbooks and other course materials can be purchased separately from the source of your choosing.

Your Instructor

Kacey Meaker

Kacey MeakerVisiting Instructor in Physics

B.S., Randolph College College; M.S., Ph.D., University of California – Berkeley

When she was a senior at Randolph, Kacey Meaker ’08 jokingly told a friend that one day she would return here to teach.

“One thing that has changed is how much Randolph’s physics program has grown. There are so many more physics majors than there were when I was here. They’re very motivated.”

In the classroom, Meaker strives to share her love for physics with students and encourage them to think critically. She also shows them how various concepts in physics are a part of everyday life.

“Understanding relativity is necessary for your GPS to work correctly,” she said. “And without quantum mechanics, none of your computers will work and you can’t build one. People know physics is important, but they don’t think about how it applies to their life on a day-to-day basis.”

Other than reading, volunteer work is one of Meaker’s favorite hobbies. While at Berkeley, she taught classes at San Quentin State Prison, helping inmates earn their associate’s degrees. In the Lynchburg area, she travels to Brook Hill Farm, a horse rescue and therapeutic riding center in Forest, twice a week, where she rides the horses and works with the at-risk youth who attend programs. She also helped with the Randolph SUPER program and taught high school students about fluid dynamics with the College’s Science Saturdays program.

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