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PCS 211 Labs - Summer 2020

Due to remote distancing measures, PCS 211 labs will be run remotely during Summer 2020.

Experiments have been revised to allow students to complete them from home, using common household objects or online simulation and analysis tools.

Please review your manual well in advance. In most cases you will be expected to complete certain pre-lab preparation activities and understand the experimental methods. Your scheduled lab session will be conducted via Zoom, and you'll have the opportunity to consult with your TA to review your data collection methods.

Reports will be submitted individually unless otherwise instructed by your professor or TA.

Experiment 1
Lab Notes: 

This laboratory requires a soup can (~284mL or as close as available).

You will also require 3 nickels (or some similar coins of known thickness) to be used as a measurement standard when making your own ruler.

Experiment 2
Lab Notes: 

Lab 2 - Motion of a Sliding Puck

This experiment uses Pivot Interactives online video analytics tools ( To review the activity, log in to Pivot Interactives as follows.

Instructions for Getting Started with Labs using Pivot Interactives:

PCS211 Labs will be hosted using Pivot Interactives, an online video analysis platform. Students in PCS211 will need to create an account with Pivot and use Pivot to complete the lab activities. Creating an account is free to students in summer 2020. Please follow these instructions:

  1. If you don't yet have an account on Pivot Interactives:
    Go to and then to Join a Class.
    Enter the Class Key 8a575def for PCS211 Summer 2020, your Ryerson University email address, and a password
    Then select Create Account.
    If you already have a Pivot Interactives account, log in, and then click on your name in the top right, and select Join Class from the list. Enter the Class Key provided by your instructor and select Join a Class.
  2. Detailed instructions on how to use the tools in Pivot Interactives are available at the link below. Please read these before completing any activities
  3. Once you are logged into Pivot and ready to go:
    Select My Classes
    Find the activity that you'd like to complete
    Open the activity by selecting View