Grading of Notebook Reports
For the notebook "reports" you must do the following:
- Write in a real lab notebook. Keep it as a journal with dated entries.
- Write in Ink.
- Staple/past/tape all graphs and analysis in notebook. Label axes.
- Give a brief description of theory behind experiment.
- Provide the actual circuit diagram you used to do the experiment (do not photocopy lab
manual). Include detail about the cable shields and grounding in these diagrams.
- Distinguish between a wiring diagram with connectors, pinouts, and grounds from a
electrical circuit diagram. You need both.
- Provide a clear description of the procedure used to take data.
- Provide the units of all numbers.
- Provide and explain your estimate of the random and systematic errors in all important
quantities effecting your final result. Your estimates may not be correct but they must be
given a reasonable explanation. You must use proper error propagation techniques.
- . Pay attention to significant figures.
- . Analyze your data.
- . Quote your results with final total uncertainty (including systematic errors).
- . When appropriate, compare your answer to the expected value and discuss discrepancies.
If the differences are well beyond your uncertainty estimates, this is a warning
that something is wrong and trouble shooting is in order.
- . Be sure you have answered all the questions asked for in the lab manual.
Approximate Grading Scheme for lab reports
2 pts (includes prep questions)
Everything else on above list 2 pts
-5 pts /week ( two weeks late == 0)
F in whole class
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